Summer often motivates people to try their hands with a new hobby such as home gardening. Many self-styled gardeners look to shrug off the winter doldrums as the promise of longer warmer days lay in wait. A trip to the nearby supermarket or nursery is usually in order.
Unfortunately, many a wannabe green thumb is rudely awakened to the reality that they have dropped serious coin on plants, soil, pots and gardening tools – with little or no prior knowledge of just how involved plant care can be. Knowing how to properly water those new shrubs in front of your house may not be as simple as you think!
I for one can attest to this predicament. A few weeks ago, the excitement of purchasing beautiful dendrobium orchids, day lily bulbs and plantain lilies (Hosta plants) proved just too irresistible a prospect to let pass. A couple of hours and hundreds of dollars later the reality lingered in, “What was I thinking?” Ignorance is never bliss when expensive plants and flowers decay and rot within weeks. Read More »
The environment, an oft-talked about topic, has been discussed by scientists, politicians, the neighbor next door and everyone in between for at least a decade. Regardless of one’s position on climate change, the notable temperature increases dictate that the luxury of procrastination is no longer an option. A greener planet is much more than just a ‘feel-good’ notion. It’s an ultimatum to preserve our environment for future generations as well as for the present. One notable way to promote a greener world is through the concept biophilia (humanity’s innate need for nature). Biophilic design, refreshingly, has caught on in the workplace.
Biophilia, a term that originated with German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, is the idea that humans possess the innate tendency to seek connections with nature. Fromm, in his book: The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973), described Biophilia as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.” Harvard biologist, E.O. Wilson, in his book: Biophilia (1984) proposed that the tendency of humans to focus on and affiliate with nature and other life-forms has, in part, a genetic basis. Read More »
Many buildings serve purposes other than just giving us a roof over our head for shelter. Buildings such as hotels, offices, retail stores, medical facilities, etc. seek to offer inhabitants a sense of calmness, refuge and tranquility from the hustle and bustle elsewhere. This helps people want to stay in the buildings longer, to shop more, relax more, linger, have a bite to eat, concentrate with ease and more.
However, noise often abounds in buildings through phone chatter, children shouting or crying, footsteps on hard floors, unwanted conversations in adjacent cubicles, printers, copiers, HVAC systems…the list goes on and on. This noise is distractive, interruptive, makes employees less productive, can taint the customer experience and reduce privacy. One way to create a welcoming, stress-free environment is through reducing this unwanted noise in buildings. Read More »