“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” John Muir, The Yosemite, 1912 “Beauty is an experience – it is not the property of an object. It is not a permanent state, but the response … Continue reading Biophilia and Beauty
Increasingly health is becoming a key aspect and driver for building design and maintenance. (See Next Wave of Design: Wellness-minded Spaces) OF note, are seeing a BREEAM alignment with WELL, but as pointed out in FutuREstorative, and by others, this approach needs to equally apply to the construction process, to project working environments, including project office accommodation. Mindfulness, Biophilia … Continue reading Mindfulness, Biophilia and Salutogenesis: a powerful triptych for improving construction health and happiness
There is a new language and lexicon emerging within the world of built environment sustainability, from circular economy to biophilia, indicating a maturing of construction’s approach, moving from better waste management to circular economy thinking, from biodiversity management to biophilia. I participated in a brilliant tweetchat yesterday evening, under the hashtag of #CityofLife, hosted by Melissa … Continue reading Biomimetics and Biophilia – the new sustainable construction?
What if we lived in a time when the human imagination flourished and anything felt possible. It was back in 2008 when I first came across Rob Hopkins through his Transition Handbook. This helped shape a lot of my sustainability thinking at the time, (Time for built environment transition?) and in turn participation in Transition Town … Continue reading What If …
Against a backdrop of climate change activism, declarations of climate emergency, reports for zero carbon UK by 2050 and the UN dire report on biodiversity breakdown, the ILFI launched the latest version of the Living Building Challenge (4.0) and associated programmes at the Living Future conference 2019 in Seattle, ramping up the challenge’s leading edge … Continue reading CORE to Living Building Challenge 4.0
This is the first in a regular series covering pieces I have been reading online that I think are worthy of further sharing. Followers on twitter, linkedin and to a lesser degree on Instgram will be aware that I regularly share items relating to sustainability, the built environment and our relationship with the outdoors and … Continue reading Recent Reading …
Mental health in construction is worsening. Suicide rates are over 3 times higher than other sectors. It is essential we understand and address contributing causes with some urgency. Over the last 6 months I have been delivering a series of one day workshops that focus on exploring construction’s ‘underbelly’ issues on sessions that included directors, … Continue reading Construction Wellbeing: exploring the ‘underbelly’ of construction.
Following the success of my Imagine Better keynote for Specifi events, here are links and background reading to references made: Much of the Imagine Better thinking is from here, my Fairsnape blog or from within FutuREstorative. Thoughts and comments and blogs from previous Specifi events are on the Specifi Blog If you would like more information, or … Continue reading Imagine Better
A number of excellent reports and papers have passed through my reading list and feeds in the last week or so, that together represent a wonderful view on regenerative sustainability co-benefits. Health co-benefits from air pollution and mitigation costs of the Paris Agreement: a modelling study The Lancet Planetary Health , Volume 2 , Issue … Continue reading Regenerative Sustainability: Co-Benefits of the Built Environment.
The UK RESTORE Training School The first RESTORE Training School took place in Lancaster, UK between 14th and 17th November 2017 organised and facilitated by Martin Brown, Fairsnape. Over 40 trainees and RESTORE core group members attended, representing a great spectrum of sustainability disciplines, experience and EU countries. The four days were lead by trainers and guest lectures … Continue reading Revolutionary, Regenerative Sustainability; RESTORE Training School