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Beatley and Newman explains that “…there is now a growing body of evidence of the positive physical and mental health benefits associated with greenery and green elements in living and work environments.” It can be shown for example that access to natural daylight, fresh air and plants can increase happiness and productivity within a working environment.
In 2015 CBRE wrote, Smart Workplace 2040: The rise of the workspace consumer. They propose that with radical changes in working models, the corporate office will be morphed into an ‘Eco Campus’, a distributed set of locations all within a reasonable travelling distance from home, each providing diverse and fluid modes of working and communicating with others.
The design and production of greener commercial interior finishes has come a long way over the last two decades and most specifiers will appreciate the environmental achievements of local suppliers. Some are design-driven, while others are focused on marketing, but one company has invested in next-level innovation.
Architects and designers have developed a more sophisticated approach to what constitutes product sustainability over the last decade, all of which contributes to creating buildings, spaces and products with a reduce environmental footprint.
The sharing economy comprises different aspects and forms of sharing. These forms of sharing can be more community orientated through swapping or loaning with no financial transactions or business focused requiring a financial return through renting or leasing.
Is it possible to enhance public spaces, parks and gardens using digital technologies? Are we ready to introduce the Internet of Things in an otherwise tech-free zone where people go to enjoy various forms of passive and active recreation? Subject to intelligent design, purpose and a focus on user-need and expectations, the answer is yes.
It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home… but not anymore. In a fast-changing world, our homes are increasingly becoming a place to escape to and feel safe; and, within the home, the most private, personal space is, arguably, the bathroom.
The circular economy is a term most people are familiar with. It aims to decouple economics from the consumption of finite resources, treat waste as a resource, transition to renewable energy sources and build economic, natural and social capital.
For companies that manufacture and market environmentally improved products, the opportunity to extend their environmental commitment to their buildings and facilities demonstrates genuine intent. As a global leader in packaging and resource recovery, Visy is an example of how sustainability plays out across all its operations and activities.
Public places are an essential space for so many different reasons and activities. They help to connect and refresh while often providing respite from the daily workplace routine. Public places are also highly accessible and evolve over time as communities and individuals enjoy the positive qualities of urban landscapes.
As a longstanding partner and Innovation and Design Leader at Geyer, Robyn Lindsey is an accomplished thought leader and widely respected by her peers, clients and design educators. Lindsey’s contribution to workplace and retail design is extensive, and her pioneering work on early sustainable design thinking with Peter Geyer in the 90s, demonstrated foresight and a genuine commitment to reform.
As a co-founder of Dinosaur Designs in 1985 and a designer and director for 25 years, Liane Rossler was a part of creating a unique and respected design company that developed stand-alone stores in Sydney, Melbourne and New York, and had works sold through stores worldwide.