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BIOPHILIA: MELDING THE INDOOR WORLD WITH NATURE Deep within every Canadian is a love of nature – it’s part of our shared genetic roots. While Canada was historically a rural nation, today’s Canadians are increasingly urbanites, living in cities far from the forests, rocky shores and prairie vistas of their forefathers. Finding a way to bring the natural world into a modern setting is at the heart of a unique school of design referred to as biophilia. Originating from the Greek word ‘philia’ meaning ‘love of ’, biophilia literally means a love of life or living things. All humans have a deeply engrained love of nature within them, but the contemporary world has pushed that part of our make up into the background. Biophilia wants to change that by constructing homes and buildings that are not merely energy efficient, but in many ways simulate the natural world people yearn for. Biophilic design is much more than just putting a few plants around the office or in the living room. A concept developed in the 1990s by two Harvard scientists, this design suggests that new buildings and architectural projects must be built to a higher and much greener standard. As a result, for any building to be considered biophilic it must not only be energy efficient with a small carbon footprint, but also be a place fit for a tree, and a human, to live sustainably. It’s estimated that North Americans spend 90 percent of their lives indoors, far from our genetic roots. Biophilic design wants to reawaken that primal aspect of our nature by ensuring the indoor world is as healthy and welcoming as the outdoor one. " A MAN TRAVELS THE WORLD OVER IN SEARCH OF WHAT HE NEEDS AND RETURNS HOME TO FIND IT. -George A. Moore

George Augustus Moore (1852 – 1933) is often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist. Multi-talented, Moore wrote novels, short stories, poetry and served as an art critic. Considered a naturalist writer, he was among the first English-language writers to absorb the lessons of the French realist movement which celebrated the everyday citizen. His writings influenced later writers such as James Joyce.

THE WORLD’S EASIEST BEEF STEW RECIPIE INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch chunks

4 cups beef broth 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaf 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

4 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 onion, chopped

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish or 2-quart roaster with cooking spray. 2. In a large bowl, combine beef, potatoes, carrots, and onion. In another bowl, combine beef broth, tapioca, thyme, salt, and pepper; mix well. Pour broth mixture over beef mixture; mix well then pour into prepared baking dish and cover. 3. Bake 2 to 2-1/2 hours, or until beef is very tender. Serve and enjoy!

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