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Designing for Biodiversity: The Value of Nature-Centric Design

WOHA, in collaboration with bioSEA, was awarded a Good Design Research grant by the DesignSingapore Council to develop a framework to quantify and communicate the benefits of nature-centric design.

While the significance of landscape integrated architecture to the development of healthy cities, strong communities and rich urban space is well understood, the contribution of these green spaces to the biodiversity, thermal comfort and ecosystems services of our cities has been intuited but proven difficult to quantify.

Taking WOHA’s built works as test cases, a comparative methodology was developed to enable a holistic and empirical understanding of the benefits of nature-centric design.

By sharing the analytical framework here, WOHA and bioSEA are enabling other practitioners to assess and to advocate the success of their own nature-centric designs.