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Designer: Cleantha Crasto

Saudade Biophilia – A Tribute to Edward O Wilson 

Cleantha Crasto, a student of JD School of Design, Goa pursuing her BSc. in Interior Design showcased her project ‘Saudade Biophilia’ at JD Design Awards 2023. The word ‘biophilia’, which means ‘love of living things’, is actually Greek. Edward O Wilson, a Harvard scientist, coined the phrase. In 1993, Wilson collaborated with the social ecologist Stephen R Kellert to write the book ‘The Biophilia Hypothesis’. They maintained that because our biological make-up can only completely grow when we are focused on life and life-like activities. He believed that we are biologically related to nature and emotionally drawn to the natural world. 

Designer Cleantha Crasto drew inspiration from the calmness of nature, as spending time in nature can help improve memory and also de-stresses people. The project aims to design an ADHD clinic using biophilic designs inculcating the calmness of nature that will help in promoting physical, mental and emotional well-being to humans. ADHD or Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder is an issue which often goes unaddressed. The individuals with ADHD show inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity which through therapies can be treated. 

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The designer believes that individuals with ADHD need a calming environment around them hence Saudade Biophilia is focused on Biophilic design. The color palette used is neutral, as neutral tones provide you with a calming effect. The neutral paint helps translate into a steady, quiet and soothing atmosphere. 

The project aims to provide necessary treatment for children suffering from ADHD. This also helps create awareness about mental health as a lot of people have social stigma. Saudade Biophilia by Cleantha also helps in boosting the imaginative and creative power of a human and addresses the necessity of it in every human life. 

JDDA 2023

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I paid tribute to Edward O Wilson who introduced biophilic design. My entire JDDA journey was really interesting and I really learnt a lot about biophilic designs. I would like to advise all my juniors to enjoy the process and submit their work on time.

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Cleantha Crasto

BSc. in Interior Design, GOA

– By Lalitha

www.jddesignawards.com

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