Forest Symbiosis Theory

Concepts of forest symbiosis housing and forest medicine for foreigners.


Urban-type forest symbiotic housing -applying EBM of green power-

Do you know the word EBM? It means "Evidence Based Medicine " in English. For example, even in a mood or sensation with individual differences, credibility is increased if medical backgrounds are given to it. Everyone understand that something naturally-derived makes us feel good. But we can be more confident as medical evidence adds to it.
In the near future, forest medicine attracts the attention of many people using this EBM.

Forest bathing or forest therapy ® is attracting attention not only in Japan but also globally. This word is still new and it was named by Akiyama Tomohide of the Director General of the Forestry Agency in 1982. In English it translates into forest bathing, but even in foreign countries it is often called shinin-yoku. For European and American people, the fact that there is the power to make people healthy in the forest seems to be considerably interesting.

Human beings are said to have been born in a rainforest in central Africa, but then evolved nearly 7 million years in the forest. Our modern people have made artificial society like this for at most 200 years since the Industrial Revolution. Therefore, human genes still have elements adapting to the forest environment (natural environment). On the other hand, modern people live in an urban environment that is far from the forest environment. That is why we are always under stress. Tend to focus only on social stress, but stress from the environment that is always exposed is the worst. These stresses are linked to many modern diseases.

From the stressful contemporary artificial environment, just by moving to the forest environment where the original gene is adapted, the human body is released from stress, the immune power rises and the autonomic nervous system
It is known that blood pressure etc will also be normalized. About such physiological data and EBM, Japanese researchers belonging to the International Society of INFOM (International society of Nature and Forest Medicine) has been spread all over the world. In the future, if EBM is added that senile disorders such as dementia and mental disorders such as depression and even anti-aging are effective, forest medicine will be effective for prevention of diseases and health maintenance of modern people, Which will lead to a reduction in the number of national health expenses.

The first theme in my architectural design is to copy the forest environment and then incorporate these factors into inside the building. If the environment best suited to human genes is forests, I think that it is the cutting-edge science of architectural planning to analyze the composition of light, sound, smell components, tactile fluctuations, and the composition of tactile fluctuations. EBM of forest medicine gives humans a good opportunity to reconsider the meaning of the internal and external environments, although architecture is an artifact, it is a fate to conflict with nature. Forest medicine gives us a good oppotunity to rethink the meaning of the environment for human.Is it right to put yourself in architecture in the first place.We need to doubt it.

Toshiya Ochiai / Architect

First class architect/Representative Director:Forest Baubiology Studio Inc.
INFOM(International society of Nature and Forest Medicine) Director,
General Manager /Kogure- Club Director etc.

Born in Tokyo in 1959
Graduated from Department of Architecture, Waseda University
Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University Completed the course of construction engineering
He studied under Tomoo Sugisaka and has been involved in wooden building design for many years.
After developing the urban environment symbiosis housing, it is now necessary to copy the power of the forest environment into the building.
"Symbiosis Forest Residence" is proposed as a theme.

Winner: Sustainable Housing Prize Best Prize, Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award
Ministry of Construction and Environment Energy housing prize etc.
Work: Japanese House New Standard (New House Publishing)
Recommendation of urban environmental symbiosis housing (environmental symbiosis housing newspaper company)
Sugisaka Construction Office 60 years (Building thinking research company)
Architectural magazine "Residential Building" Forest, Human and Architecture (in series)


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Toshiya Ochiai

Author:Toshiya Ochiai
落合俊也(おちあい としや)
Toshiya Ochiai

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