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Fractals in the New Architecture - biourbanism.org

Fractals in the New Architecture - biourbanism.org | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
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Love fractals in architecture. Not apparent for most of us, but they do have such an effect on the way we feel in a space.

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What Google knows about greener offices

What Google knows about greener offices | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
"The driver has been studies that help validate what a lot of designers feel intuitively."
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"The driver has been studies that help validate what a lot of designers feel intuitively." Well thank god for research!


As a culture, we need science to validate our feelings...too bad we no longer trust our inherent intuition, as indigenous cultures once did. 

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Community Gardens

Community Gardens | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Information, education, and inspiration about healing gardens, therapeutic landscapes, and other landscapes for health.
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My husband worked at Rikers for 20 years. There are better ways, actually ways that provide a win-win. These types of programs should become more prevalent.

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PechaKucha 20x20 - Heaven is a Garden

PechaKucha 20x20 - Heaven is a Garden | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Jan Johnsen tells us all about her love for beautiful gardens. She states that being in nature enhances our well-being, and encourages everyone to transform their yards into places of serenity. Jan emphasises the importance of finding one’s niche within these delightful, natural spaces. 
"Presentation of the Day" on November 8, 2014.
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Wonderful presentation by my friend and colleague, Jan Johnsen, on creating serene outdoor spaces. We collaborated on a presentation this past June and were inspired by each other's contributions and how her advice mimics feng shui principles. I am delighted that this presentation is available now - simple and brief, yet profound. Enjoy and share!

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Staying in the LEED

Staying in the LEED | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
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I toured Kroon Hall - love the great big expansive of windows throughout that bring in tons of natural light the the barn-shaped structure. 

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BiophilicCities | Blog

BiophilicCities | Blog | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
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Even in the suburbs it requires awareness, practice and patience to benefit from the natural sound scape. Right now, hearing the wind stir the branches brings calmness and presence to this moment.

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Connecting to Nature: Hot New Design Trend for 2015 | PRLog

Connecting to Nature: Hot New Design Trend for 2015. Connecting to Nature, Hot New Design Trend for 2015, is Also the Theme for New Re-Nature Feng Shui Training Program - PR12412757
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Interior designers must take a leaf out of architects' biophilic books

Interior designers must take a leaf out of architects' biophilic books | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Designer, writer and television presenter Oliver Heath invites BD readers to share examples of using nature in interiors
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Oasis of Resilience

Oasis of Resilience | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Healing and Empowering Syrian Children in the Za’atari Refugee Camp In the midst of refugee camps and suffering from difficult journeys necessitated by war, Syrian children suffer from traumas, unc...
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There are many elements of biophilic design in this concept. Would also benefit the adults of the camp. 

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Karlie Kloss Visits Sweden’s Treehotel

Karlie Kloss Visits Sweden’s Treehotel | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
The science is in: Nature really does make you happy. Elizabeth Weil on the restorative power of the great outdoors.
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Two bigs in the "design" world for #biophilia #biophilic design #fengshui in one week:


First, one of the hottest new design trends for 2015 is NATURE, and now this article in the December issue of Vogue - "In September 2014, a meta-analysis of 21 studies and more than 8,500 subjects declared firmly that connection to nature “significantly predicts happiness.”


This is a sign, as I'm launching, yes, this week, my Re-Nature Feng Shui Training Program! See http://www.luminous-spaces.com/luminous-spaces-mentor-program

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Interface picks Natural History Museum for launch

Interface picks Natural History Museum for launch | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Read Interface picks Natural History Museum for launch and the latest events news, destinations & venues on C&IT - Conference & Incentive Travel
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Biophilic architecture: building better buildings for happier inhabitants

Biophilic architecture: building better buildings for happier inhabitants | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Environmentally conscious design doesn’t necessarily stop at the building’s sustainability performance.
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EDC September 2014 Page 14

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Does nature really improve feelings of well-being, memory, productivity, or morale? Yes, it does, according to this article. 

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THE NATURE-SMART CAREER: 11 New Jobs For a Nature-Rich Future : The New Nature Movement

THE NATURE-SMART CAREER: 11 New Jobs For a Nature-Rich Future : The New Nature Movement | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
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Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain as Prozac without side effects and chemical dependency. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier in this article.
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More and  more research points to what our ancestors knew intuitively. We need the earth. Our emotional, physical, and spiritual bodies crave that connection. Without it, we are lost. I love the research that has been done with prison populations. Here is a summary: http://www.healinglandscapes.org/gardens/prisons.html

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Why Is It Taking So Long For Psychology To Go Green?

Why Is It Taking So Long For Psychology To Go Green? | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
I'm re-reading Ralph Metzner's 1999 ecopsychology classic Green Psychology and am amazed how little has changed in the field of psychology since it was written....
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A significant change needs to be made in today's psychology...

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“The Future Will Belong To the Nature-Smart...The More High-Tech We Become, the More Nature We Need.” – Richard Louv

“The Future Will Belong To the Nature-Smart...The More High-Tech We Become, the More Nature We Need.”  – Richard Louv | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
“The future will belong to the nature-smart...The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” – Richard Louv We email, text, tweet, and then buy on Amazon.  The Tribune Media Group recently...
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Love this quote from Richard Louv...

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Why designing 'tree views' into your hospital is so important

Why designing 'tree views' into your hospital is so important | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Designer, writer and television presenter Oliver Heath digs through the research to demonstrate how biophilic design can improve lives and save money for healthcare clients
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Soft lighting and music cuts calorie intake 18 percent | Cornell Chronicle

Soft lighting and music cuts calorie intake 18 percent | Cornell Chronicle | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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FAST FOOD ZEN
Very interesting research shows that softening the lighting and music in fast food restaurants does not change buying patterns, however, diners eat LESS of what they purchased (18% less in fact) and rate their food tasting better. What a huge finding! Make the environment more cozy and enjoyable, and people slow down their eating, have higher satisfaction...and eat less! What a concept.

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New International Dark Sky Park opens in Michigan; Only nine others in the world

New International Dark Sky Park opens in Michigan; Only nine others in the world | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Michigan's nightlife is looking up. The state's first International Dark Sky Park has been created. It's now one of only six in the U.S. and 10 in the world. Think about that. In lots of (too many?) places on Earth, you don't see
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I was first aware of the issue of artificial light in the skies when I saw a map of the US at night and saw how we were so lit up! Interesting that I saw this map when I was at a meeting in Michigan at the headquarters of my employer. That was in the 1980's...

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RESTORING PEACE: Six Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World : The New Nature Movement

RESTORING PEACE: Six Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World : The New Nature Movement | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
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Can a humble houseplant make you more creative?

Can a humble houseplant make you more creative? | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Look beyond survival to well-being, build on primitive preferences and connections to nature, and design for the senses as well as the body.
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Wonderful, to-the-point article. Love the examples they show of various biophilic spaces. Although the words were not mentioned once, this IS all about the feng shui of a space. Natural materials and colors, symbols of nature, natural lighting/air, good form.  

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Why biophilic architecture works: five reasons and case studies

Why biophilic architecture works: five reasons and case studies | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Here are five case studies where biophilic design has made a positive impact to the lifestyles of those touched by it.
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Love seeing more case studies. As I'm writing my book on Feng Shui and Biophilic Design, this is extremely helpful!

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Ensouled on the Planet ~ Marion Woodman

Ensouled on the Planet ~ Marion Woodman | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it

We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don't change, we are going to our own extinction. This is precisely what addicts do.

NR: You have said we have to overcome our addictions before we can connect to nature.  Does our refusal to confront our addictions lead directly to our destruction of Mother Earth?

MW: I think so, yes. As children many of us feel a deep connection to Her.  But our culture warps our natural instincts. That warping leads to addictions.  But there’s a suicidal drive in the addicted individual and in the addicted society.  Our planet is coming up against the wall.  

Yet, despite all the horrors we have created, we are still doing precisely what we know will be ultimately destructive. Denial!  Denial!  We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don’t change, we are going to our own extinction.  This is precisely what addicts do.  Addicts—in other words most of our society—pretend there’s nothing wrong.  As they laugh and talk and plan, they deny their dying souls.  That’s what we’re doing to the planet.  We fight about things that won’t matter if we are extinct... (click title for more)


Via Bonnie Bright
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A beautiful, eloquent, inspiring woman - Marion Woodman. Concretizing the state of "rapture" through materialism rather than finding it in observing the miraculous, spontaneous, sacred world around us. 

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