New research provides more evidence to support the argument that green office environments are conducive to higher cognitive function when it comes to strategy development and responding to a crisis. The American study was carried out by the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University. It involved testing the cognitive capacity and decision-making performance of a group of participants after they had worked in both ‘green’ and ‘non-green’ buildings. The ‘green’ environments simulated in the test constituted “well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide”. Results showed that, on average, cognitive performance was [...]
Nothing beats spending time in the great outdoors, getting in touch with nature, letting the little kid inside us run free. For many of us city folk though, we seldom get the opportunity, with the reality of a job, study and/or family responsibilities leaving little time for us to enjoy what nature has to offer. That’s why the recent trend of ‘junglefying our cities’ is so exciting, and with the technical advancements in living infrastructure, no rooftop is safe from going green. . As major cities continue to face issues related to high-density living and a rapidly growing population, many owners and developers are looking to the sky. Rooftops provide [...]
Whether we realise it or not, design has a huge impact on our health, wellbeing and overall quality of life. This article by Fast Company acknowledges 6 outstanding projects from around the globe that have adopted the emerging concept of "active design". "Active design" is centred around improving the health, fitness and wellbeing of the public through appropriate architecture and urban planning solutions that encourage daily physical activity and make healthy foods more accessible and appealing. It urges architects, builders, planners and designers alike to consider the potential for their work to positively influence and contribute to the health of the public through one of four pathways: active recreation, active building, [...]
According to the World Health Organisation, 6 of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India, with New Delhi taking out the highly undesirable number one spot. The extreme levels of air pollution in Delhi have triggered a public health emergency that needs to be addressed before things get any worse. In a recent interview, Kamal Meattle, CEO of Parharpur Business Centre, raised a great point; people are stuck in the mindset that air pollution only occurs outdoors, whereas the reality is that "indoor air is typically 10 times more polluted than outside". To combat this, many businesses have started bringing plants inside in an attempt [...]
Built in 2013 with the help of over 300 supporters and a successful Kickstarter campaign, The GrowUp Box is a small-scale agricultural production unit as well as a space for events and community engagement. We are following with keen interest how their current venture into developing London’s first commercial aquaponic farm will go.
This is how the most livable city in the world prepares and adjusts itself to the challenges posed by climate change and urban growth. We love to see this being strong on the agenda and, if possible, be part of making it a reality. Read more about this strategy here. #junglefyourcities
It is pretty frightening to read all the stats about the impact of industrial agriculture on our natural environment. Did you know industrial agriculture occupies around 50% habitable land, consumes about 70% of the planet fresh accessible water and accounts for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions!! As such the land-based agriculture is not sustainable and in its current form will not be able to meet the challenge of increasing food production and improving the environment over the next 30 to 40 years. So where to from here? Technological advances have resulted in a diverse range of vertical and indoor farming applications throughout the world which is really exciting. Due to the diminished risk of [...]
We are very excited to see a Danish group 3XN to pick up this exciting design gig in the heart of Sydney's business district. They have big shoes to fill with the Sydney Opera house, also designed by a Dane, only 800m away. At Junglefy we are delighted to see such developments incorporating a tonne of the green variety and hope that these will remain until the realisation of the building. We have faith as the Danes rank top of the 2014 Climate Change Performance Index. (For the record, Australia has slipped to a cringeworthy 57th of 61 countries on the list.) Read more here.
We are just so impressed that the utopian is becoming a reality in the arena of sustainable design. It can be done! Need to plan a trip to Taipei to check this one out in detail! Check out the incredible Agora Tower designed by Vincent Callebaut Architecture. Designed to mimic two encircling hands and the helical structure of DNA, the towers are organized a central core that allows for what the design team call a abundance of suspended gardens. These will spill over with edible and decorative plants, enabling residents of 40 luxury apartments to harvest a great deal of their own food. Plus, the rainwater capture system alleviates pressure [...]
This interesting paper released recently examines the psychology behind design driven by human's innate attraction to the natural environment. Will the identification of design patterns enable us to design more conducive public places?