Nature Routines and Affinity with the Biosphere: A Case Study of Preschool Children in Stockholm
Journal article, 2015

Do nature-deficit routines undermine affinity with the biosphere? We assessed social-ecological features in Stockholm that afford nature experiences and analyzed the accessibility of these natural areas to preschools. We then selected preschools with contrasting accessibilities. The nature routines resulting from differing outdoor possibilities in preschool life were investigated in relation to children’s affinity with the biosphere. Preschools with routines closer to nature have children who are more empathetic and concerned for non-human life forms, and more cognitively aware of human-nature interdependence. We conclude that, nature-rich routines in cities significantly correlate with higher children’s ability to develop affinity with the biosphere.

urban design

extinction of experience

nature routine

preschool children

affinity with the biosphere


Matteo Giusti

Stephan Barthel

Lars Marcus

Chalmers, Architecture

Children, Youth and Environments

1546-2250 (ISSN)

Vol. 24 3 16-42

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Civil Engineering

Other Civil Engineering

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