In the guide we combine the work of psychologists MacmIllan and Chavis with that of Stephen Kellert - the godfather of Biophilic Design. The former explains what a sense of community is and how we can create it. The later, how we can use a socio-psychological approach to Biophilic Design to form stronger connections with places, spaces and nature.
By combining these two approaches we demonstrate how shared connections to nature in the built environment can put us in a better physical, mental and emotional state and so facilitate connections and conversation. And when we talk amazing things can happen, sharing knowledge, skills, and resources and as a result start to innovate.
Building on our analysis of the research we developed 'Seven Design Features for Enhancing Community' based on creating shared connections in nature.
Within the guide we then explain how to apply these design features in the workplace, before providing case study examples of workplaces who are successfully enhancing community through the design of their spaces.
If you’d like to find out more, this guide is open source and free to download via Interface, Inc's website.
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