Creating Environments That Promote Health

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Creating Environments That Promote Health

From reducing the average length of hospital stays to enhancing physiological wellbeing, the benefits of integrating elements like wood grains in healthcare environments are truly profound.

That’s why more than 50 guests gathered at FLOR’s SoHo store in New York City on September 29 to gain insight on Biophilic Design from a panel of some of the most inspirational minds in the A+D community.

Having previously collaborated with Terrapin Bright Green in the development of Lamin-Art’s CEU, Human Designs with Nature, Lamin-Art’s VP of Business Development Georgy Olivieri joined the panel discussing the topic.

“I was honored to be part of such a distinguished panel,” Olivieri says. “The trend of biophilic design has become a movement in the industry, and it’s changing the way designers approach interiors.”

Olivieri joined a panel featuring many of the industry’s top players, including Rick Cook, founder of COOKFOX Architects; Bill Browning, partner at Terrapin Bright Green; Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability officer at the U.S. General Services Administration; and Chip DeGrace, executive creative director at Interface.

The panel discussion included the various benefits of Biophilic Design, including the following:

1. The business advantages of integrating biophilic design into the built environment
2. The value of design in achieving desired business goals
3. The importance of the origination and sharing of research-based papers initiated and funded by Terrapin Bright Green

Susan Szenasy, publisher and editor-in-chief of Metropolis Magazine, served as the moderator for the panel discussion. The panel included individuals with experience relating to biophilia’s connection with people and business.

Just think: Designing with natural elements and daylight can reduce hospital stays by 0.41 days—that can amount to nearly $93 million in reduced costs!

Biophilia has been referred to as a link between people, nature, and high-performance design. It has the power to enhance human health and business’ bottom line. Biophilic Design has been quantified with scientific evidence supporting its benefits to human beings and financial impacts across five business sectors in the study The Economics of Biophilia, which was conducted by Terrapin Bright Green.

The panel discussion was held on Monday, September 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST at the InterfaceFLOR showroom on the first floor at 142 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10012.

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