17 episodes

Welcome to our podcast series from the Journal of Biophilic Design, where we interview workplace consultants, futurists, interior designers, architects, urban planners and those working in healthcare, wellbeing and other industries to find out the latest on Biophilic Design. www.argentawellness.com

Journal of Biophilic Design Vanessa Champion, editor, Journal of Biophilic Design

    • Documentary

Welcome to our podcast series from the Journal of Biophilic Design, where we interview workplace consultants, futurists, interior designers, architects, urban planners and those working in healthcare, wellbeing and other industries to find out the latest on Biophilic Design. www.argentawellness.com

    Why Biophilic Design should be essential in Healthcare

    Why Biophilic Design should be essential in Healthcare

    Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres have embraced and celebrated biophilic design not only in their interiors but also in the fabric of the architecture, the landscapes and views of nature, plants and trees within and without their buildings. And it is making a phenomenal difference. As the seasons change, so the views change. “Nature is Joyful, and it helps us feel joyful and when we feel joyful we can handle so much more of what life throws at us.” Maggie’s is visionary, it’s mould-breaking and is important evidence that biophilic design is ESSENTIAL in healthcare. This podcast is incredibly important for anyone working in biophilic design. I had the good fortune to speak with Dame Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. “You can’t retrofit spirit or soul in a building you have to get it right from the outset and that requires very thoughtful design and time.”

    For years I’ve been fascinated by the inspirational spaces that are Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. Not only are they beautifully designed places architecturally, but they are exemplars of how biophilic design can really make a truly phenomenal difference to patients and their families. “Nature offers curiosity and constant creativity... good design, thoughtful materials and how things touch and feel, it’s the visual landscape that your eyes are feasting on that is so important.”

    A quote that Maggie wrote, “Not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”. Something I think we can all take heart from, and embrace the living essence of our natural world and incorporate it into our hospitals, homes and workplaces.

    • 21 min
    Forest Therapy

    Forest Therapy

    When was the last time you took a walk in the forest? We all recognise the positive power that being in nature has on our wellbeing and mindset, and some of us also are familiar with the Japanese ‘art’ of Shinrin Yoku, or Forest Bathing. What you might not have known is that there are “NHS Forest” hospitals. In this podcast we discuss whether there is a need for a nature-based health strategy to be included in the corporate built environment, how a an Urban Forest Experience could await you at the next Chelsea Flower Show and how liminal experiences in forests can transform us out of immobilising burnout and other distress. Our editor Dr Vanessa Champion is here in conversation with Amanda Bond, Ecopsychotherapist and certified Forest Therapy Guide and Mentor, she is also co-chair of the ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programmes) European Council. If you listen all the way to the end, yo’ll learn that biophilia is more than just aesthetics, it is about reconnecting yourself on a cellular level with nature. Ness also raises the point here again, that EOWilson’s “Biophilia” is more than just bringing in plants into a space, but is about encouraging and recognising our inherent connection to our natural world and all its beauty.

    • 32 min
    How a NASA Study led to "Forest Air"

    How a NASA Study led to "Forest Air"

    In 1986 NASA was researching the ability of plants to absorb harmful gases. Their research had a huge impact on author and precision mechanic Jørn Viumdal who went on to set up Greentime AS. He contacted NASA and they began to develop the space stations of the future and researched how they could use nature to improve the air quality on board the space stations. Greentime AS was the first in the world to create practical working environments based on research results on the interaction between nature and humans. Jørn was then involved in the practical implementation of pioneering tests under the direction of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, which looked at the practical effects of using plants in typical indoor environments. 30 years on, his company Skogluft, which in Norwegian means “Forest Air” now brings nature inside through an easy to maintain and self-install living wall system. We spend more than 90% of our lives indoors, causing stress, anxiety, fatigue. A lack of nature drains us. We speak to Skogluft’s co-founder, Stine Wettergreen to tell us more about why plants are good for our homes, offices and wellbeing and how they’ve been implemented into Google offices, Oslo airport, schools, hospitals and homes.

    • 21 min
    What do Biophilic Design, Feng Shui and Wabi Sabi have in common?

    What do Biophilic Design, Feng Shui and Wabi Sabi have in common?

    Acoustics, planting, colour ways, furniture design, textures, space all have an impact on us. Whether this is at home or in the workplace, how we decide to design these spaces can make a whole difference to our mind set, they can make us stressed and unproductive or they can make us focussed, calm and inspired. We have control on what we create. We have a duty of care to ourselves to make sure we respect each other enough to want to make our homes and offices, hospitals and so on nice places to be. We spend hours and hours inside. So it is refreshing to speak to Danish interior designer Bettina Therese Møller, who instinctively incorporates elements of Biophilic Design, Feng Shui and Wabi Sabi into her designs for clients, creating interiors with a purpose.

    Bettina talks to our editor Dr Vanessa Champion about her love of nature, why we should embrace it in our interior designs, how bringing in shapes, positive and inspired colours, textures from nature, making use of natural light and improving sound quality can make all the difference. She also shares with us, that she too, like us, collects things from nature when she is out on her walk with her dog, and brings them home.

    • 15 min
    Unblocking Creativity and aiding Healing in Times of Change - Nature, Retreats and a Haven in London

    Unblocking Creativity and aiding Healing in Times of Change - Nature, Retreats and a Haven in London

    Sharing a space in silence can be uplifting, revelatory and inspiring, sharing a space in nature can be an even more powerful experience. Allowing your brain to think in different ways by taking time away by being in a different space unblocks creativity, it can help you shape a different way of thinking, a different way of being. This is important in times of change, career change and stress. Doing this surrounded by nature compounds the effect. There is a unique space of harmony in London that not a lot of people know about. It is a retreat centre with two spaces embracing nature, one is wild and more open with a Yurt cafe, moroccan stews and fresh bread and the second an inner sanctuary, a secret hidden garden in the heart of a cloister, a place for quiet reflection and peace. That place is The Royal Foundation of St Katharines. Founded by Queen Matilda in 1147, the foundation’s purpose is to serve the community and it is doing just that, with Amnesty International, the Red Cross and businesses using the meeting spaces for conferences and events, but also is a place of retreat for people from all over the world to come and take some time out to regroup, recharge and experience peace in the centre of London. We speak to The Venerable Roger Preece, Master of the Foundation to ask him the philosophical question why nature is important to us.

    • 22 min
    6 Things to Know about Biophilic Design Today

    6 Things to Know about Biophilic Design Today

    Will landscaped offices be the thing of the future? Will office spaces and homes merge into one? Why should learning environments like schools really need to take note and incorporate biophilic design elements into classrooms and buildings? Maggie Procopi is co-founder and owner of popular Workplace Trends series of conferences held in London, Madrid, Delhi and elsewhere as well as online, our editor Vanessa Champion asks her opinion on current trends, pets, how biophilic design isn’t just plants, how to embrace circadian rhythms and just what exactly is grounding?!

    • 26 min

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