Articles

Ideas and insights in support of the greater use of plants in buildings for health and wellbeing

Transforming the Mall

The way ahead is to stay ahead with outstanding interior landscapes According to a recent Shopping Centre Council of Australia Briefing Note, shopping centres must constantly reinvent themselves to stay relevant and contemporary. David Segal, in a December 2016...

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The Tree on the 35th Floor

Leading-edge CBD Building Feature Tree The recently completed (July 2016) 37-storey tower at 200 George Street, Sydney, occupied by Mirvac and Ernst & Young’s Sydney headquarters is described as one of Australia’s most environmentally advanced and sustainable...

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Indoor Air: “A product for concern”?

Clearing the air As a first step, we need a clear understanding of the terms IEQ (indoor environmental quality) and IAQ (indoor air quality), as they are frequently confused and often used interchangeably. We each need to take a deep personal interest in IAQ as it is...

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Good Light Brings Wellness Benefits to People and Plants

Nightingale, Florence, Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not, London: Harrison, 1960 Second only to fresh air ... I should be inclined to rank light in importance for the sick. Direct sunlight, not only daylight, is necessary for speedy recovery ... I...

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Biophilia, Biology and the Workplace

The value in getting it right: Wellness; Biophilia; Indoor Air Quality; Indoor Plants. It’s all coming together, with increasing recognition of the valuable role of plants in the need to create the ideal workplace. Employees want their work environment to feel more...

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An architect & engineers guide to living green plants

In response to numerous questions from architects and engineers (who are generally wary of specifying or managing biological systems), this brief list was prepared by me in 1989. Fortunately times change, and building designs and fit-outs are focussed on building...

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The future of work: Workplace design trends

Silicon Valley and the technology industry generally leads the way in shaping workplace design practices and culture, with the focus on the well being of its people. As the opportunity arises, forward – looking companies are increasingly adopting this approach, (but...

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