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 to spend more time outdoors, giving them something relaxing to focus on outside of their busy, everyday routines. Research has proven that when we come into contact with nature, our blood pressure and heart rate levels decrease, helping us to feel more relaxed and calm. As a result, greener spaces not only have a positive impact on the environment, but they can help boost our general well-being. Further, people of all ages are able to bond over their love for gardening, which helps to strengthen relationships within the community.
So why not try it? Bring some life back into those abandoned areas in your neighbourhood – it can be as simple as planting some seeds:
Seed bombs are easy to make, even for children – all you need is 2 parts of potting soil, 5 parts of pottery clay mix, 1-2 parts of water and 1-2 parts of seeds of your choice. Mix together, roll into small balls, leave to dry, then get planting.
You could even get larger groups of the community involved and create a pocket park in your local area. Incorporating seating into these spaces gives locals an opportunity to sit and be close to nature, which is much more beneficial than being surrounded by a concrete jungle.
By adapting our buildings, direct and indirect elements of nature can be incorporated at a larger scale. As architects and designers, we can create healthier and happier spaces for occupants by applying Biophilic principles. Facades can be transformed through using timber cladding or even a vertical living wall – both immediately adding texture and vibrancy to the building’s exterior. We can create calming and soothing interior spaces by optimising natural light and adding natural colour schemes, patterns and textures. It doesn’t have to be a huge investment – it could be as simple as draping plants from your balcony or creating a small roof-top garden to retreat to after a long day at work.
Our next blog will feature a couple of Biophilic public spaces, that value green space within urban settings. For the mean time, grab some seed bombs and get digging.