NEO Magazine Issue 4 - Page 36

many biological functions . For these elements to be in their natural state is therefore fundamental for our health and wellbeing .
The air in a room should be frequently renewed and it is relevant to note that artificial systems of ventilation ( such as air-conditioning ) degrade the presence of negative ions and reduce capacitance .
Using passive systems of ventilation , where natural airflow is encouraged through the creative and intelligent design , has no such negative effect on the presence of negative ions and , if done well , will deliver all the quality fresh air the human body could ever need .
Systems integration INSIGHT ~ Creation is a singular living organism ~ one cannot hope to create a man-made environment that exists harmoniously with creation if it is not itself created in an integrated fashion .
If man-made environments are to establish a deep relation with the environment , then a systems integration approach will be necessary .
Systems integration basically describes the process of ensuring that all components of a man-made environment ( from their infrastructural systems of power , water collection & distribution , waste treatment systems , and the internal systems of buildings themselves ) operate as one integrated system ~ each serving a common purpose beyond their own function and each enhancing the efficacy of the other systems .
Interior space INSIGHT – The distribution and use of space is a critical factor in facilitating healthy human co-habitation and enjoyment of life .
A man-made structure is really a generator of space . We do not live in structures , we live in the space which is created by them ~ the structure is simply the membrane which defines its boundaries . When the principles of natural design are properly understood and applied , a man-made structure is itself a biological membrane , much like a cell wall . Just like the cell wall , a man-made structure is responsible for maintaining homeostasis ~ i . e . the balancing of conditions and management of the exchange of elements between the inner and outer environment .
The interaction of a structures inhabitants with the distribution and function of an internal space is the primary consideration of every good architect . As we increasingly spend more and more time indoors , the ability of a man-made environment to fulfil our needs becomes increasingly important . Interior-space must therefore become purposed toward the regeneration and heath of our bodies ; toward being a positive influence on our interactions and relationships ; toward the healthy movement of our bodies ; toward enhancing the efficiency and efficacy with which we expend our energy in our daily activities .