As the population expands, waste increases and temperatures rise we’re becoming more aware of our effect on our environment. More of us are proactively seeking ways to improve our eco-friendliness and reduce our bio-footprints.
One of the grander aspects of eco-friendly living is beginning to sprout intensely through our industrial design.
Since the early 1980s scientists such as E.O. Wilson have hypothesised the necessity of interaction between life-like processes and our love of life. Meaning we as a species benefit immensely from interaction with nature so our cities must adapt and integrate by combining nature with industry. More than just a deep primitive drive to be surrounded by nature this reunification with nature will not only improves our way of life but also benefits the planet. Some cities around the world are embracing this realisation.
Having advocated very strongly for the critical role of nature in our health – this is great news for anyone living a Hopewood lifestyle!
Biophilic design has erupted into our major cities with the Melbourne Metro project, Sydney’s award winning One Central Park, Chippendale and Canberra’s Ovolo Hotel.
“By connecting us with nature, we believe biophilic design can reduce stress, improve well-being, help us think clearer and even assist with self-healing.”
– Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Deakin University and designer of the Melbourne Metro project, Dr Phillip Roös.
In Singapore a non-for-profit initiative called Edible Garden City is spreading their green thumb:
“A neighbourhood collective, a community of farmers with different systems of growing, all working for the good of the community and beyond. It provides local, fresh, tasty and nutritious produce for urbanites in the city, and provides employment and income to people who have diverse abilities as well as the socially disadvantaged.”
Did you catch last months article ‘A Breath of fresh air’ on how you can bring greener living into your home? Click here to discover some fast facts.