The Biophilic Office

Eren McEwen Biophilic design, Community, Furniture, General, Materials, Office, Technology/ Energy Saving

      There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that by incorporating Biophilic Design into our built environments, we can increase our health and wellbeing. Biophilic design acknowledges that we are instinctively connected to nature and that through exploring this connection within the spaces that we live, relax and work in, we can positively influence our physical and …

Boosting your brainwaves – how biophilia can boost creativity and help us avoid depression

Eren McEwen Biophilic design, Community, Education, Healthcare, Healthy spaces

  Hans Berger discovered the first brain waves using electrodes to measure the electronic pulses in the brain. ‘Brain waves’ are produced by electrical pulses passing between neurons within the brain. These cycles of electrical activity occur at various speeds and in different parts of the brain depending on our mental activity. Brainwaves can therefore be measured (in Hertz – …

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 …

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 …

Clerkenwell Design Week, Oliver's Biophilic Tour of London

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Biophilic Kindergarten

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Education, Healthy spaces

the Fuji Kindergarten by Tezuka Architects 2007 Following the previous blog, we can see that Biophilic design within educational settings can have a positive impact on the health and well-being of both students and teachers. Whilst on the hunt for Biophilic educational spaces, we came across this inspiring case study that uses many human-centred design principles, which help to strengthen …

Learning from Nature: Biophilic Educational Spaces

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Education, Schools

Our built environment features a huge range of educational buildings, of all different scales and capacities: from small nurseries through to vast schools and university campuses – many of which resemble self-contained villages. However, what these buildings all have in common is that staff members and students inhabit them on a daily basis in order to teach and learn. Research …

The Biophilia Benefit – Improving the Workplace Naturally

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Healthy spaces

Biophilia is an upcoming science and style, which is being interpreted and applied to design in many sophisticated ways. The design approach involves putting human needs at the forefront of the built environment. Each of the following master plans (some of which are not built yet) have been designed for large scale corporations, with an emphasis on improving employees’ productivity, …