We actively promote the social dimension of architecture as the core ingredient of making successful places.
Whether it be in the design of housing, hospitals, or offices, the impact of built environments can be best understood in terms of the relationship people have with the natural environment and the way buildings mediate between the natural environment and our bodies. A growing collection of scientific knowledge supports the beneficial contact provided between people and nature in modern buildings and both interior and exterior landscapes.
Focusing particularly on biophillic design qualities and understanding their impacts on occupants has the potential to improve health and recovery, cognitive functioning, worker productivity, healthy childhood maturation and development, greater community sense of place and enhanced coping and adaptive behaviour.
Additional concepts of resilience, modeled on the adaptive cycles of ecosystems, lead to designs that provide maximum flexibility for alternative future uses.