Tag Archives: biophilia

What hurts, what helps, what heals: the Built Environment and mental health.

With respect to  Mental Health Awareness Week,  Erin Newton’s excellent article in UD/MH (Urban Design / Mental Health) caught my attention. Erin notes that the built environment can create and maintain risk factors for mental illness by stripping away protective factors for good mental … Continue reading

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They Paved Paradise: (How) Can Buildings Heal? … Regeneration Edition3

The third edition of the Regeneration Design Competition concluded with its conference in the wonderful setting of the Riva Del Garda Museum. “The biggest barrier to sustainable and living building is ourselves” Amanda Sturgeon  Following presentations from the three Regeneration … Continue reading

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Healthy Buildings and Wellness: 12 Insights

Alison Nicholls, Associate Director, Constructing Excellence, put together the following, excellent summary of the recent Heathy Buildings and Wellness event held on the 31st January 2017.  The event was hosted Aecom at their Aldgate Tower offices, designed to meet the very latest standards … Continue reading

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Mindfulness, Biophilia and Salutogenesis: a powerful triptych for improving construction health and happiness

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 … Continue reading

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22 Must Read Sustainability Books

One of my aims in writing FutuREstorative was to explore and encourage new thinking for sustainability in the built environment. In turn, inspiration for the book has, in part, come from a number of classic writers and books over the last half century or so, woven into FutuREstorative and into built environment sustainability potentials. Continue reading

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WELL & BREEAM announce alignment for credits: more good or less bad?

UPDATE 01 Feb 2017 Credit Crosswalks: BRE and IWBI have released guidance to streamline joint certification of BREEAM and WELL …. As mentioned and illustrated in FutuREstorative, we will see an alignment in building sustainability and performance standards over coming months … Continue reading

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Cities setting biophilic commitments.

Pittsburgh has become the latest city to be inducted into the Biophilic City network, setting ambitions and commitments to eliminate the use of all pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, to increase the city’s tree canopy from 42 percent to 60 percent by 2030, to pursue … Continue reading

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