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A Greener Community!

Elly Deakin Community, Healthy spaces

Guerrilla gardening is good fun for everyone. It’s an activity that involves transforming hidden, unloved and uninspiring spaces into pockets of green goodness, for us to enjoy and help us feel close to nature. Due to urbanisation, we are becoming increasingly isolated from nature therefore it’s important to bring elements of greenery back into our city environments. Guerrilla gardening encourages people …

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Greenwood Theatre Park by Zandra Rhodes

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Uncategorized

Parklets have recently been popping up within dense cities like London, New York and San Francisco. The everyday stresses and strains we get from living within urban environments can no doubt have a negative impact on our health and well-being.  It’s important to have green spaces which are out of the usual circulation routes in the city, as it gives somewhere for people to pause, breathe …

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Clerkenwell Design Week

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, General

Last week was Clerkenwell Design Week and Oliver was busy in London spreading the word about Biophilic design! The sustainable carpet tile company Interface launched their new campaign ‘Negative to Positive’ and so there was a lot to visit and see from them during the 3-day event. Oliver was involved in their ‘Beautiful Thinking’ stand in St. John’s Square along …

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White Walls by Jean Nouvel

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Eco Homes, Lighting, Uncategorized

White Walls, designed by the French Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel is a great example of how we can bring nature and greenery back into urban environments. The apartment and office tower situated in Nicosia, Cyprus features perforated white walls which lets day light filter through into the interior spaces. Balconies that stretch the width of the entire façade provide occupants with …

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Biophilic Urban Living

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Eco Homes, Healthy spaces

Cities around the world are increasingly booming and expanding. According to the UN, nearly 70% of the world’s population will be living within urban environments by 2050. However, as we relocate to the city, we are becoming more and more distant from from nature. We might think that we have everything we need living in a city, however, a lack of access to …

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Biophilic Retail Spaces

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Healthy spaces, Hospitality Design

Retail environments play a central role in our everyday lives – we all need those essentials like food and clothing. A recent House of Commons report stated that during 2014 alone, UK consumers spent around a huge £378 billion. Does the design of a shop have an influence on whether you enter it? Does the look and feel of a shop influence …

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Urban-nature makeover for Tid for Hjem

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, colour, Furniture, Healthy spaces, Materials

The existing layout of the family room was lacking good circulation and the kitchen was isolated and dingy. We solved this by demolishing the wall next to the kitchen to create an open-plan interior where natural light could easily flow throughout the entire space. The new kitchen area now extends behind the fireplace into the rest of the room, however still remains …

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A Focus on Nature: The Attention Restoration Theory

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Education, Healthy spaces, Uncategorized

When we spend a long period of time on a task without taking a break, we inevitably start to feel our attention span waning. Within modern working environments, we are faced with numerous tasks and activities throughout the day – and in order to get these done efficiently, they require consistent focus. However, excessive working and deadline pressures can increase …

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A Natural Selection

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, colour, Healthy spaces, Materials

The selection of colours we come across everyday affect our mood and behaviour as well as the decisions we make – be it shopping, eating or decorating our home. But why is this? Why do some colours make us feel calm and energised whilst others leave us feeling irritated or sad? Schloss and Palmer’s theory “The Ecological Valence theory” explains our preferences for …

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Biophilia in Healthcare Settings

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Healthcare, Healthy spaces

Clinical environments can be unsettling for many, however research has demonstrated that these negative experiences can be relieved when we engage with nature. Hospital wards, waiting rooms and surgeries are all healthcare spaces where Biophilic design can be incorporated to provide physical and psychological benefits to ALL users – staff, patients and visitors. Overall, Biophilic spaces can reduce stress and …