Latest articles on the wonders of utilising Biophilic Design in the built environment

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Employers Are Luring Workers Back to the Office—With Plants

“The quality and feel of a workspace is hugely important to today’s knowledge workers,” says Alexander Bond, founder of Biophilic Designs,  a London agency which advises and supplies international firms in  indoor and outdoor planting schemes. All too often, he says, he visits  offices with little natural light, monochrome ‘colour’ scheme, no views  outside, and with terribly stale air. “It is evident on the employees'  faces that they aren’t inspired by their work environment,” says Bond.

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Using Biology To Determine How We Design The Workplace Of Tomorrow

As we have advanced technologically, we’ve overridden our inherent  attraction to nature and replaced it with unnatural gravitation toward  all things manmade. The results of a sterile workplace environment  include decreased mental health, increased exhaustion and physical pain,  and lowered life satisfaction.

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Here you can learn how to implement ‘Biophilic Design in the Home’ with the Oliver Heath Design School

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Increasingly we are seeing a need to implement Biophilic Design into our spaces; from the office to our homes, compelling research shows that using a human-centred design approach brings a closer link to nature and subsequently improves our health and wellbeing. The Oliver Heath Design School provides insightful and thought-provoking Biophilic Design courses - the perfect way to start your journey into human-centred design thinking.

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Biophilic Design, London

"Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature.

 

The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development.

 

Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life.

 

Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans."