The exact statistics vary but in general the consensus it that we use way too much water in an average day. If you think about it, how many times did you brush your teeth, flush the toilet, wash the dishes and take a shower this week. Then multiply that by the weeks in a year and by the population of the world. Although our fresh water supply is not likely to dry up completely, it is likely to change states and become less frequent and stable as many factors can effect the water cycle such as global warming. Water is especially wasted in public facilities as it is used for bathrooms, kitchens, heating and cooling and landscape. As designers we can help limit the water overexposure by making smart selections in water conserving appliances, bathroom fixtures and even incorporating graywater systems.
Integration of Nature January 22, 2009
Integrating Nature into a design is important and sometimes vital. However, integrating nature into Health care is important to the well-being of patients, doctors, employees, and even visitors. By incorporating nature into a design the Architect/Designer is able to improve such issues.
“To promote wellness, healthcare facilities should be designed to support patients in coping with stress. As general compass points for designers, scientific research suggests that health care environments will support coping with stress and promote wellness if they are designed to foster: 1. Sense of control; 2. Access to social support; 3. Access to positive distractions, and lack of exposure to negative distractions; A growing amount of scientific evidence suggests that nature elementsor views can be effective as stress-reducing, positive distractions that promote wellness in health care environments. “orientations as potential sources of conflict and stress in health facilities
Ulich, RS. “Effects of interior design wellness: theory and recent scientific
research.” J Health Care Inter Des. 3(1991): 97-109.
Sustainable Health care Architecture in a book that focuses on Green and Sustainable design. By Integrating Nature into a design helps maintain the environment, as well as, create a healthier and safer environment for the individual and the community. Using curtain walls on the shell of a building to increases the level of available daylight is one example of Integrating Nature into a design as well as, keeping it green and sustainable. The book provides a variety of example on green and sustainable design. It provides information on the integrated design process, health mission, as well as, the 4 key building strategies, which are water, energy, materials, and environmental quality, that Architects and Designers use to produce healthier and better designs for the community.
Guenther, Robin. Sustainable Healthcare Architecture.
Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons Inc., 2008 (129 – 154)