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Nature is an inherent part of any harmonious architectural design, especially in the urban landscape. Our goal is to collaborate with architects and developers early on to create sustainable environments that promote well-being for those inside the building and within the surrounding community.

Nature is an inherent part of any harmonious architectural design, especially in the urban landscape. Our goal is to collaborate with architects and developers early on to create sustainable environments that promote well-being for those inside the building and within the surrounding community.

Nature is an inherent part of any harmonious architectural design, especially in the urban landscape. Our goal is to collaborate with architects and developers early on to create sustainable environments that promote well-being for those inside the building and within the surrounding community.

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“Architects, on the other hand, in the process of distancing their work from what is natural, have come to rely increasingly on artificial criteria and the superficial manipulation of images. When images and surface effects supplant everyday human desires and sensibilities in the name of artistic endeavor, humans are left to live out their lives in a series of ill-fitting, overexaggerated, and often idiosyncratic formal architectural schemes.”

- Nikos Salingaros & Kenneth Madsen Neuroscience, the Natural Environment, and Building Design

 

“Architects, on the other hand, in the process of distancing their work from what is natural, have come to rely increasingly on artificial criteria and the superficial manipulation of images. When images and surface effects supplant everyday human desires and sensibilities in the name of artistic endeavor, humans are left to live out their lives in a series of ill-fitting, overexaggerated, and often idiosyncratic formal architectural schemes.”

- Nikos Salingaros & Kenneth Madsen Neuroscience, the Natural Environment, and Building Design

 

“Architects, on the other hand, in the process of distancing their work from what is natural, have come to rely increasingly on artificial criteria and the superficial manipulation of images. When images and surface effects supplant everyday human desires and sensibilities in the name of artistic endeavor, humans are left to live out their lives in a series of ill-fitting, overexaggerated, and often idiosyncratic formal architectural schemes.”

- Nikos Salingaros & Kenneth Madsen Neuroscience, the Natural Environment, and Building Design

 

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10% 

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Views to green landscapes improve cognitive performance, accelerate healing, and increase recovery from stress. Properly sited buildings and carefully considered windows provide neurological nourishment.

* Roger Ulrich's influential 1984 study "View Through a Window May Influence Recovery from Surgery" showed that patients with a view to trees went home from the hospital almost a day sooner than those with a view to a brick wall.  

** According to a study at the University of Oregon published by Terrapin Bright Green, 10% of employee absences could be attributed to architectural design.

*** A break as short as 10 minutes with a view to nature can have measureable impacts on stress and attention (Sullivan). 

Principle 2: Bring Gardens Inside

Indoor plants reduce psychological stress, increase job satisfaction, lift mood, and improve cognitive performance. These effects can combat disease and chronic stress.

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