Well-being

August 26, 2021

Biophilic Design and Better Brain Health at Emory MCIEP

Numerous publications on biophilic design show the benefits to those who live, work and heal in those spaces. The Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Empowerment Program (MCIEP) aims to support individuals experiencing early declines in memory, a condition that impacts nearly one out of every five Americans over the age of 65. Generous support from the…

July 16, 2021

Reducing Anxiety and Fostering Creativity Through K-12 Classroom Design

To say our K-12 classroom environments are experiencing unprecedented shifts is a dramatic understatement. Even before the global pandemic, we saw the diagnoses of anxiety disorders among youths increase. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a survey by Harvard Medical School found that almost one-third of adolescents experienced an anxiety disorder. Instances of…

February 10, 2021

Resilient Design Principles to Reshape the Built Environment

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Interior Design Magazine’s Innovation Channel as part of a content partnership. It has been edited for clarity. As the pandemic continues to place new demands on the built environment, designers are tasked with creating spaces that protect the physical, as well as mental and emotional, health and wellbeing…

October 28, 2020

Inscape’s Showroom Optimizes for Wellbeing and Adaptability

Inscape, a furniture and architectural solutions leader, has been designing products and services focused on the future since 1888.  When the opportunity arose to create their newest showroom in Toronto, they knew they wanted to foster a welcoming space that set a new benchmark of design for the rapidly evolving workplace.

August 27, 2020

Wellbeing in “The New Normal” Through Biophilic Design

As we consider options to return to public spaces, it is paramount for us to incorporate health and wellbeing as ultimate drivers. The obvious focus in this instance is on minimizing contact and supporting respiratory health. It is also paramount that we support each other by utilizing interventions that foster our emotional wellbeing.

June 18, 2020

Designing for Resiliency

There is no question that in the months of prolonged isolation and distancing, we’re starting to feel the desire for social connection. The reality is that we need and want to go back to work, which means buildings need to adjust—and quickly. But how can we incorporate health and wellbeing? And what is our responsibility to create that sense of physical and psychological safety in the built environment now and into the future?  

May 13, 2020

Can Biophilic Design Improve Emotional Wellbeing?

In a post-COVID-19 world, emotional wellbeing will become more important than ever. Regardless of what our built spaces look like in the future, it makes sense that we need to give more thought to how they make us feel. Considering we spend the majority of our lives indoors, can we use biophilic design to support emotional wellbeing?

April 30, 2020

Designing for Distance

Undoubtedly, you’ve been part of the ongoing speculation driving the design world: What does the office look like after COVID-19? What will change? What won’t? While it’s hard to know what the full impact of the coronavirus looks like at this moment, design will play a huge role in how safe we feel in our physical spaces.

March 18, 2020

Grand Valley School — Hitting All the Right Notes

For the Grand Valley Local School District, consolidating five different schools into one 244,000 square foot K-12 facility required a floor that could do it all. They decided on nora® premium rubber flooring, which covers classrooms, corridors, locker and weight rooms, stairwells and the cafeteria—15 years on, learn how well it’s held up.