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Symbiosis Principal Giancarlo Mangone's new book on performative microforests explores innovative research into the economic, social, and ecological performance benefits of integrating natural environments into office buildings, and describes why microforests are more effective sustainable solutions than other typical green building strategies, such as green roofs and green walls. Through both an in-depth review of existing literature and the presentation of cutting edge research conducted by the author, a diverse range of novel benefits that can be attained from integrating microforests into buildings are investigated. Integrating forests into buildings can reduce construction and operation costs, resource consumption rates, improve occupant productivity, creativity, and well-being, while also improving the health of local ecosystems.
Microforests can help improve the economic, social, and ecological performance of buildings, occupants, and local communities.
The paperback version of this book is now available on amazon.com The digital version of this book is now available on the TU Delft Architecture and the Built Environment's website
forests into buildings can reduce construction and operation costs, improve
occupant productivity, creativity, and well-being, while also improving the
health of local ecosystems.Learn how
the design of microforests in buildings can provide a diverse range of
economic, social, and ecological benefits at Symbiosis Principal Giancarlo Mangone’s PhD lecture and thesis
defense at the Senaatszaal room in the Aula auditorium, at Delft University of Technology, 12pm
on October 29th.
Semi-outdoor courtyard designed for high worker + building performance
Diverse natural environments improve worker performance for a range of work tasks, according to a new study presented at ARCC 2015 in Chicago by Symbiosis principal Giancarlo Mangone. The results of this study indicate that current work environments are ineffective at promoting worker performance. Companies can substantially increase their profits, and improve worker well being, by incorporating innovative, higher performance workspaces. To this end, a number of natural environments have been found to be particularly effective. For more information about this research project, visit the lecture at 9:00 in the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, on April 8, 2015.