FROM the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the orange gardens of Seville, urban planners down the ages have taken inspiration from nature. And those of us living in the concrete and brick jungle have perhaps never appreciated scraps of green space more than during the covid-19 pandemic. During lockdowns, city dwellers across the world have found parks and gardens – where they exist an unexpected source of calm and joy.
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A new study has made the case for Australian governments to increase green infrastructure in urban areas to mitigate some of the effects of climate change, improve public wellbeing, and protect infrastructure.
Our cities in Australia are teeming with leftover spaces, from railway cuttings to car parks and abandoned industrial sites. All too often our busiest roads are hostile environments with little to no nature and our cities rooftops and plazas are hard surfaces that contribute to increased heat and polluted water runoff.
The idea of using creepers to cover walls is not new, but in recent decades, the tendency to use building surfaces to place plants has been developing all over the world and shows that there are many ways to make cities greener. There are vertical gardens that give life to walls, roofs, and other coverings (like underground garages on which vegetation is placed) where green carpets are appearing.
How does biophilic design improve the health of individuals and spaces?
Biophilic design has been proven to improve the health of spaces, and the people who use them.
Check out this handy table below that shows how patterns of biophilic design can help stress reduction, cognitive performance, and emotional wellbeing.
With the right types of design approaches, our homes can help boost creativity and concentration, as well as becoming a more relaxing and rejuvenating environment.