Human beings have five basic needs—air, water, food, rest, and education—that are not being adequately met in a frenetic and resource-hungry modern life. Basic human needs are particularly challenged by:

  • An uncontrollable outdoor environment — Urbanization, pollution, and climate change increasingly disturb and degrade our landscapes, weather patterns, and air quality.
  • Food security — Weather, pollutants, and pests impair outdoor food production, making food quality and quantity less predictable
  • A restless lifestyle — Rest deprivation is a common symptom for plugged-in urban dwellers. Associated stress is a leading cause of diseases like cancer.
  • Hands-off learning — Younger generations learn better through hands-on activities and demand educational approaches that acknowledge this need.

North Americans, especially the elderly, spend over 90% of their time indoors, placing them in environments that are unsuited to their well-being. Recent research shows, however, that simple exposure to nature can significantly improve well-being as well as other metrics like work productivity.

Our Solution

Nature can satisfy human needs. When unsullied, the natural outdoor environment gives us access to clean air, unpolluted water, organic food, nature therapy, and interactive learning. In short, it provides us with a place to grow, to discover, and to enjoy. Our design approach is to Bring Nature Indoors for people to enjoy its beauty and benefits. This design process is guided by the principle of Indoor Regenerative Design™, which aims to make buildings that are not only sustainable but actively improve lives.