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Environmental Challenges Invite Creativity - Room for Debate

Environmental Challenges Invite Creativity - Room for Debate | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
The human mind is suffering from a broken connection with nature. Ominous as that sounds, it also shows a clear path to progress. By Richard Louv.
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Do these buildings turn you on? The strange psychology of curvy architecture

Do these buildings turn you on? The strange psychology of curvy architecture | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Are things looking a little wavy to you?
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Yes, this supports our need to connect with the natural world. 

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5 Green Architects, Architectural Firms & Frank Lloyd Wright | BuildDirect Green Blog

5 Green Architects, Architectural Firms & Frank Lloyd Wright | BuildDirect Green Blog | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Who are the green architecture leaders making an impact in sustainable building in the 21st century? How has Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy impacted them?
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Conscious Apocalypse: Outliving Our Ruling Institutions

Although zealots have maintained for centuries that the world is about to end, is there nevertheless something apocalyptic about global warming, mass extinct...
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Seven Ways to Make Nature as Easy to Connect to at Work as the Internet

Seven Ways to Make Nature as Easy to Connect to at Work as the Internet | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
We can access any type of technology in the workplace in an instant. Online we can hit social media sites, check email and post pictures with ease. Why don't we make it just as easy to incorporate ...
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I love the "One Square Inch" website. Check it out!

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Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Ecotherapy promotes a mutually beneficial relationship between people and the rest of our Earth. It uses our senses and heart to experience and interact with the non-human world. Ecotherapy refers ...
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A Look into Therapeutic Landscapes: An Interview with Naomi Sachs - Nature Sacred

A Look into Therapeutic Landscapes: An Interview with Naomi Sachs - Nature Sacred | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
A Look into Therapeutic Landscapes: An Interview with Naomi Sachs
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Wonderful to hear that Naomi and Clare Cooper Marcus co-wrote this book! Looking forward to reading it. 

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Vail Valley native with passion for Biophilic interior design hired by Slifer

Vail Valley native with passion for Biophilic interior design hired by Slifer | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Vail Valley native Oshi Gardarian has been hired as a Design Associate for the company.
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This is the start! Firms and clients will start realizing that we need biophilic design in order to restore some sort of balance into our lives....

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Biophilia Becomes a Design Standard - Green Building, Leed, Codes And Standards, Aging In Place - eco-structure Magazine

Biophilia Becomes a Design Standard - Green Building, Leed, Codes And Standards, Aging In Place - eco-structure Magazine | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it

The prevalent approach to sustainability is still missing a key ingredient: nature itself.According to Kellert, biophilic design has to make sense in context, and it must make sense culturally. The six elements of biophilic design are:


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A wonderful overview of biophilic design.

 

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Environmental Challenges Invite Creativity - Room for Debate

Environmental Challenges Invite Creativity - Room for Debate | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
The human mind is suffering from a broken connection with nature. Ominous as that sounds, it also shows a clear path to progress. By Richard Louv.
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Amazing possibilities. 

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The psychological impact of plants – How plants can benefit us in our environment!

The psychological impact of plants – How plants can benefit us in our environment! | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Psycho Plants and their benefits
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House of the Day: Historic Japan on San Francisco Bay

House of the Day: Historic Japan on San Francisco Bay | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
A traditional Japanese layout fused with high-tech gadgetry creates a soothing retreat for a Type-A executive.
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A beautiful Japanese-style home that infuses natural elements on the interior with gorgeous exterior gardens. A calming, harmonious space!

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Fischer Old-Growth Forest | Cornell Plantations

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Looks like my next hiking trip will be here : )

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Building a Space for Calm

Building a Space for Calm | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
The right architecture can reduce violence — even in psychiatric wards.
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All spaces can benefit from the wisdom in this article. Thanks Roger!

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Soothe Your Spirit With a Buddha in the Garden

Soothe Your Spirit With a Buddha in the Garden | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
You can enjoy the serenity of a Buddha statue even if you haven’t been called to the monkhood
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I love these images. They are so tranquil and inviting a chance to stop and re-connect to the beauty of these garden environments.

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Gazing at Virtual Nature Is Good for Your Psychological Well-Being

Gazing at Virtual Nature Is Good for Your Psychological Well-Being | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
This blog post originally appeared on The Conversation. Environmental psychologists have long known that encounters with the natural world are good for us.
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I firmly believe in the need for nature more than ever in our lives. First, we need to spend more time in the outdoors, however, bringing nature indoors is essential, given that we spend so much time there (roughly 90% of our days). Virtual nature also helps. My laptop has wallpaper image of my husband and son when we visited Muir Woods with magestic redwoods. How about you?

 

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WAY GOOD GIFT BOOKS: A Few Dangerous Suggestions for Your Consideration : The New Nature Movement

WAY GOOD GIFT BOOKS: A Few Dangerous Suggestions for Your Consideration : 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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Wow - looks like wonderful books! Only read one - Birthright. But have several on my list now : )

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10 ways to reconnect with nature

10 ways to reconnect with nature | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
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I love these tips to help us re-connect to the cylcles of nature around us. How about you? Any other ideas?

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Noise Is Hurting Our Health In More Ways Than We Realize

Noise Is Hurting Our Health In More Ways Than We Realize | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Constant noise isn't just annoying -- it might actually hurt our health beyond hearing loss, according to a new review published in The Lancet.
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Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture

Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
People are far more likely to call a room beautiful when its design is round instead of linear. The reason may be hard-wired into the brain.
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My take is that we love curves because everything is nature has curves. Straight lines are manmade, based on efficiency and functionality. Curves are the intuitive, yin side; straight lines are the logical, yang side.

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Nature Deficit Disorder

Global Voices for Justice interviews Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle, Last Child in the Woods, The Web of Life, and other books.

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I love how Richard makes me joyful about the future of our beautiful planet. There is much to do, but there is great momentum from all corners! My part is with connecting to nature in our homes. That is what true feng shui is all about. Living in harmony with the earth.

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Time to Write? Go Outside

Time to Write? Go Outside | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Nothing coaxes jumbled thoughts into coherent sentences like sitting under a shade tree on a pleasant day.
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Twigitecture: Building Human Nests

Twigitecture: Building Human Nests | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
From New Age cocoons and backyard playthings of the rich to contemporary art objects, giant nests are having a moment.
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Interesting! I would try a night in one of these! How about you?

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BBC One - The Sky at Night, Solstice

BBC One - The Sky at Night, Solstice | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
The team join in the solstice revelry at Stonehenge and launch the Moore Moon Marathon.
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A wonderful 1/2 hour show on Stonehenge and the Summer Solstice

 

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Nature in Our Alleys | BiophilicCities

Nature in Our Alleys | BiophilicCities | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
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It's wonderful to see special secret spaces tucked away in the city, just beckoning for us to linger and enjoy the fresh air and greenery. 

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Shinrin-yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing

Shinrin-yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
The practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, may have health benefits that surpass what you expect.
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Feng shui is about living in harmony with nature. This Japanese practice is another way to help us reconnect to the natural world.

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