In 1936 the first German edition of Ernst Neufert’s book “ Art of Designing in Architecture ” was published, a work in constant revision and updating, with several editions (18th edition in Portugal). with the title “Construction Biology”. In this work, Neufert performs a synthesis process, concisely and extensively illustrated a vast amount of information, addressing the investigations and contributions of Geobiology, a science that studies the relationship between living beings and place. where they live .


Neufert refers to observational studies as well as to the investigations of Doctors Hartmann and Palm concerning the influence of telluric radiation on human health. He explains how through the study of geobiology, in his medical practice, Dr. Hartmann found how some of his patients showed a clear improvement or remission of their symptoms with the simple gesture of relocating your bed to a zone free of geological agents such as water currents, cracks or crevices in the subsoil, which act as preferential exit zones for terrestrial radiation such as gamma radiation, radon gas and other telluric radiation . In fact, Dr. Hartmann’s observations are found in the usual practice of geobiology studies.

The book “The Art of Designing in Architecture” also includes studies by German engineer Robert Endros and Professor Karl E. Lotz on the health effect of geophysical or telluric radiation emanating from the interior of the earth to the surface. affecting persons located vertically there.

As it turns out, geobiological prospecting serves to analyze / value the biohabitability factor of the place where we live in order to improve our quality of life, health and well-being.

Notwithstanding the importance of such parameters, many architects nowadays license themselves without knowing aspects of construction in relation to Habitat Biology and the health of its residents, although Neufert’s book is one of the reference books of both architects as well as engineers and have included this kind of expertise for decades. Much information has been “lost” throughout the successive revisions and editions of this book; Below is an example of a page from the Spanish edition, which includes information that no longer appears in current editions.


15th Spanish Edition “Art of Designing in Architecture” (Neufert)