2 12, 2015

‘Green’ environments linked to improved cognitive function

2015-12-02T12:11:07+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Industry News, Research|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

13 11, 2014

Future occupation – Urban farmer?

2014-11-13T00:05:59+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Categories: Industry News, Research, Urban Farming|

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 [...]

24 10, 2014

14 Patterns of Biophilic Design

2014-10-24T04:04:14+00:00 October 24th, 2014|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Industry News, Living Design, Research|

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?

8 09, 2014

Air pollution and lung health – Can plants help?

2014-09-08T23:20:14+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Research|

Unlike previously thought, air pollution has now been shown to affect not only children but also adults. A new study has demonstrated a clear link between higher levels of exposure to air pollution and deteriorating lung health in adult European citizens. Junglefy is staying close to the research conducted by Rob MacKenzie on plants and their potential of cleaning air in the cities.