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Generic plotting of ‘green space’ on an urban plan does not target mental wellbeing unless it is designed to engage us with the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Zoe Myers

Green for wellbeing – science tells us how to design urban spaces that heal us

Successful parks and urban green spaces encourage us to linger, to rest, to walk for longer. That, in turn, provides the time to maximise the restorative mental benefits.
Dancing sunlight patterns reflected onto an interior ceiling from a wind-disturbed external water surface. Kevin Nute

The next step in sustainable design: Bringing the weather indoors

Research shows that bringing nature indoors, in the form of movement created by light, wind and water, makes occupants calmer and more productive. It also could promote interest in sustainable design.
A green, pre-fab house. karen Manley

Prefab revolution? Factory houses are the secret to green building

The building sector globally currently consumes more energy than the transport sector or the industry sector. It is also the biggest polluter, with the biggest potential for significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions compared to other sectors, at no cost.
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Re-designing food systems

As a foodie, but also a vegetarian, I am always seeking alternative food systems that are healthy, farmer-friendly, community-focused, and easy to use —attributes that also make food systems sustainable…
This green roof demonstration has 14 different combinations of substrate, depth, plant type and irrigation. John Rayner, University of Melbourne

Green roofs and walls – a growth area in urban design

As the demand for greener and cooler cities increases, new “green infrastructure” technologies, such as green roofs and walls, are coming to the fore. But what are they? Put simply, green roofs and walls…
Let’s get a bit more green in London’s skyline. Alex Yeung/Shutterstock

Skyscraper boom in London ought to prompt greener cities

A survey by the New London Architecture think tank has suggested that London’s skyline is set to become a lot more crowded with at least 236 tall buildings over 20 storeys currently proposed, approved…
Not just a source of food: this river could help doctors save lives. julien_harnies

Cutting pneumonia deaths with electricity-free oxygen devices

Pneumonia kills more children worldwide than malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis combined. This is surprising given that treatment for pneumonia is relatively simple. In rich countries survival rates are very…

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