‘Healthy Offices: Why Wellness is the new Green’ report The property industry has undergone a seismic shift over the last few decades with the design and construction of sustainable buildings now the norm in building standards. The last piece of the puzzle yet to be addressed is the health and wellbeing of building occupants. In the recently published ‘Healthy Offices: Why Wellness is the new Green’ report by The Fifth Estate, it reveals that the average Australian spends 90% of their time indoors, and a large portion of that time is in an office. Healthy workspaces lead to increased staff productivity, increased profitability, reduced sick days and a reduced [...]
The climate is becoming more unpredictable and fierce with each passing year. Extreme weather and natural disasters like bushfires, storms, floods and cyclones can have a devastating impact on communities, businesses, homes, and public infrastructure. How can plants and living infrastructure play a role in mitigating this change and help to create more climate resilient cities. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology June 2016 was the second-wettest month on record. Wild storms lashed the east coast, triggering flooding across Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania, and causing widespread damage and destruction. June was a bad month, both here in Australia and overseas. Around the same [...]
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.
Yes! We are stoked to see a new roof top garden being launched in Sydney. Projects such as this are winners for all involved and really excellent in paving a way for others to do the same. Hats off to Woods Bagot for driving this! Read the full story. #junglefyourcities!
After sitting idle for over 40 years, the roof top of the Hargrave House in NYC has been put to fantastic use by the Project FIND. Serving now as a rooftop farm, the previously unappreciated space (with views of Central Park!!!), is being looked after by a devoted group of 60-80 year old tenants. Needless to say, looking after the farm has hugely impacted the lives of the building's tenants whilst producing a significant amount of healthy foods with few food miles. Read more: Hargrave House
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?