In all large cities around the world, there is one common, shared problem. Too much concrete and not enough greenery. However, many people are striving to change this dilemma in our biggest cities. Biophilic design is more than just a trend. It’s a new way of life in which nature and human beings can thrive together. At Cityscapes, we understand the connection between nature and our overall wellbeing. We hope that you will also explore the possibilities for yourself.
The Beauty of Nature
Did you know that an unpleasant environment can make you feel more anxious, sad, or stressed? This can cause you to suffer from higher blood pressure, tension, and even allow you to become sick more often. Research has proven that when people feel stressed, they turn to nature for relaxation. In larger cities, this is not always easy to do. Until now, when parks, gardens, and other natural outdoor elements are being brought into our living and working spaces.
Bringing the Outdoors into Workspaces
Biophilic design is bringing nature to people in some of the largest companies in America. In Washington, Amazon has Spheres that hold 40,000+ plants and there are tree-houses set up on the Microsoft Campus. Rooftop parks are showing up on Facebook’s headquarters. They are very commonly seen in areas like Singapore, New York, San Francisco, and more. In a noisy workspace, “Habitat Soundscaping” may be used to provide tranquil sounds while natural habitats are projected onto the walls around workspaces.
In areas where it is not possible to put a park in the middle of an office space, there are other options. Living walls, planters filled with seasonal flowers and plants, and even gardens with water fountains can be added.
The Benefits of Biophilic Design
Did you know that having plants nearby is actually good for you and the environment? Each year, more people are installing living walls in offices and around the home to create a more tranquil work and living space, but it also goes much deeper than that.
The benefits of having a living wall include:
- Improved Air Quality
- Improved Climate Control
- Less Stress
- Increase Productivity
When building a living wall, you need to put effort into deciding which plants you want to have there. This is because many plants also have unique benefits. Aloe Vera, ivy, peace lilies, and more are great at removing toxins, but require plenty of sunshine. Succulents are very popular because of their colors, ferns are great for their beautiful green color, and vines work well if you want a plant that will be easy to care for.
Not every home or office space has room to build an entire garden. You may not have a good wall to support your vertical garden. This does not mean that you must sacrifice having some of nature’s beauty in your space.
You can grow many popular vegetables in large planters, and they will thrive. They can help you rely on your local grocery store a little less. Herbs are also great indoor plants that provide you with a sustainable food supply for your home. In the office, you may want to stick with plants that purify the air and look beautiful in enclosed spaces. With plants, anything is possible. However, you are encouraged to take a few things into consideration.
Often, when we have plants indoors, we kill them accidentally. Overwatering, underwatering, and allowing them to go without necessary light is some of the biggest problems. There are several things you can do to keep plants healthy, whether you are bringing them inside for the winter or hope to keep them inside year-round. You don’t even need to have a green thumb.
Improve Your Space with Natural Beauty
As busy human beings, we spend most of our time inside our home, inside our office, and driving in our car. We have very little time to explore what nature provides to us. Cityscapes aims to change the way that people live “indoors” by providing cutting edge plantscapes to help the world become a healthier, less stressful, place to be.
If you are ready to see what Biophilic design can do for you, feel free to contact us. We will help you set up a design assessment or simply help you learn more about the possibilities of Biophilic gardening.