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Technology meets biophilia: the future of hospitality

Patio at the Villa Cortine Palace Hotel in Sirmione, Italy. The building materials and details, furniture, and view each contribute to the biophilic experience of the space.
Posted on Thu, 2018-02-22 10:00 by APowell

The growing need for personalised experiences is driving hotels across the Middle East to constantly adapt and identify new ways to improve their customers stay.

Developers and hospitality brands are on the lookout for ways to stay ahead of the curve, by anticipating what customers want now and what they will want in the future.

The Sydney Park Water Re-use project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership is in the running for Europe’s oldest award for the built environment, the Civic Trust Awards, which aim to “encourage the very best architecture in the built environment” and to “reward projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.”

Is Biophilic Design What’s Missing in Your Office Project?

Posted on Tue, 2017-12-26 11:43 by APowell

In order to increase our happiness and productivity at work, architects, interior designers, and space planners are increasingly turning to designs inspired by nature — as part of an emerging design philosophy called biophilic architecture.

In today's fast-paced, highly productive (and in many cases, highly stressed!) work environments, many of us like to personalize our working spaces with a natural element or two, such as a leafy green potted plant, or maybe even a miniature bubbling desktop water fountain that produces relaxing sounds that remind us of being outdoors, surrounded by nature.

Green Urbanscape Asia 2017 Conference

Posted on Tue, 2017-12-19 11:34 by APowell

The Green Urbanscape Asia 2017 Conference, organised in Singapore, brought together important stakeholders, to share their experience and projects and discuss how dense and green building typologies can contribute to developing compact yet highly liveable future cities. The event was organised by the Landscape Industry Association (Singapore) (LIAS), National Parks Board (NParks), The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) and supported by SingEx Exhibitions.

Green Roof Initiative

Posted on Tue, 2017-10-31 14:18 by matt

The initiative, if approved by voters, will require any developments started in 2018 over 25,000 square feet to include a green roof with solar energy collectionAccording to I-300 and organizations such as Denver’s Green Party and the Colorado Native Plant Society, these mandated green roofs will improve air quality, reduce the urban heat island effect, create sanctuaries and handle stormwater drainage better than traditional roofs.

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