With Madeleine Evans and Kenneth Freeman, Plants@Work
After 30 years of much research into the benefits of plants, Biophilia and biophilic design are now offered as the cure for poor workplace environments. And it is true that enriched spaces (and biophilically enriched spaces) lead to better health, happiness, engagement and productivity. Research has also shown how some elements of biophilic design can have a significant impact on the physical environment in the workplace.
We will look at other research that shows how much organisational culture and the empowerment of the users of office spaces can lead to major improvements in performance, engagement and wellbeing. We draw on over a quarter of a century of research into how interior landscaping and biophilic design, including information about the BRE’s Biophilic Office Research Project (#biophilicoffice) to explain how the various threads of research are beginning to converge on a point where usable tools can be given to organisations that will allow them to create healthy, effective, dynamic and empowered workspaces.
As Head of Innovation, Kenneth Freeman leads Ambius' research, innovation and development function. Their projects are all about the creation of greener and more engaging environments in all types of building with the aim of enabling people to thrive and improve their well-being. This is achieved by carrying out research and developing and deploying of new products, services and operational practices to enable his colleagues to create environments in buildings that are healthy, sustainable, engaging and effective.
Madeleine Evans is Account Manager for Tivoli Group Ltd’s interiors division and chair of @plants&work. Madeleine very early on realised the power of plants and flowers to enhance people’s lives and promote wellbeing. Even now, her focus remains on creating and designing unique interior planting schemes that exceed her clients’ expectations. She is also passionate in promoting the value of nature in the built environment, especially for the wellbeing of city dwellers and office users. This is something you won’t know about Madeleine, she has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and back out again)!!!