Biophilic design connects people to nature and is an important design principle that helps us to thrive. Junglefy are committed to supporting the industry to create more biophilic spaces, so we have partnered with the Living Future Institute of Australia’s (LFIA) Biophilic Design Initiative.

Photo courtesy of Living Future Institute of Australia, Krunal Padhiar

The LFIA’s hallmark annual event, ‘Symposium’, draws sustainability professionals from across the country to discuss and develop ideas that will deliver better outcomes for people, buildings and cities. Junglefy attended the Symposium and we sent along one of our team to learn first-hand about the transformative work taking place by the LFIA. Terra-Nova Sadowski, Junglefy’s Nursery Manager recalls her experience of attending the Symposium.

‘After attending the Living Future Symposium, I walked away with a real insight on what it means to create places and spaces that are biophilic, restorative and function in the circular economy. I am aware that shifting our focus on these areas will help our global society transform into a future where technology, humanity, and the natural environment co-exist and thrive together.

In the future, people won’t just build for functionality but will take into consideration, the building as a part of the environment. The building will maximise it’s potential by providing a reciprocal benefit to the resources it uses. And what’s impressive is that it is already happening. The future is here. I am proud to work for a company like Junglefy that is on the forefront of technology that cleans the air and improves our health and wellbeing.

Photo by Terra-Nova Sadowski

The Symposium offered some engaging breakout sessions that highlighted how biophilic design is  done in practice (facilitated by Junglefy’s General Manager, Suzie Barnett), and how small mindset changes can make a profound impact, such as being selective of the clothes we purchase and aware of the materials they are made from (by the way, the debate is still out on whether or not vegan leather is more environmentally friendly than real leather).

For me, the highlight of the day was a small, but powerful exercise where the audience created a rainstorm, similar to a crowd wave but using sound. The sound began with people lightly rubbing their hands, then snapping their fingers, clapping, louder, faster, and madly stomping their feet, until it sounded like the sky had opened up above us. Some people started laughing and exclaimed words like “joyful!” and “connected!”, when asked to describe how they were feeling. It reminded me that we although we may see ourselves as small individuals, together we create a large collective and we will always be our strongest when we are connected to each other.’

Symposium 2019 delivered insightful content and imaginings of where the future might take us. Keep the conversation alive and access the Symposium resources and references.

We are just beginning to see the impact of biophilic design on how we live and work but there is so much more to be done. To learn more about biophilic design, read our article on why biophilic design is good design and learn more on the LFIA website.