Since the beginning of time, nature has been essential to human survival, as it has provided us with food, shelter, water, safety, as well as a place to reproduce. Over the last 50 years, social science research has been able to monitor, evaluate and determine what nature does to our brains, and how it impacts our biology. More recently, researchers have moved beyond studying the impact of nature’s organic materials such as tree and plants and focused their attention on representations of nature, such as art, design, and digital media. Do we need nature or do we just need things that look like nature? Can we survive with representations of nature rather than physical organic material? The purpose of this seminar is to explore the biological impact of nature on humans and the historical healing links between nature and architecture. It will look at the new science of nature representation and the exciting opportunities that architecture and design have to help humans thrive in the modern world.