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Incorporating wood in design & creating harmonious, healthy environments

As part of the “Environmental, Design Arts and Wood” workshop hosted by Columbia Global Centers, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and the American Hardwood Export Council, M Moser’s Dr Christine Bruckner was invited, among a number of industry experts to share new concepts on environmental sustainability and green materials.

In her talk, “Incorporating wood in design & creating harmonious, healthy environments for people”, Dr Bruckner highlighted ideas to enhance the contemporary workplace environment through wellness, comfort, elegance and sustainability and showcased a broad range of M Moser wood-design case studies.

Emphasising the importance of wood in designing healthy spaces, Dr Bruckner went beyond the principles of WELL, to address broader human mental attributes and needs. Exploring the impact of wood on the senses (scent, texture and aesthetics) and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), Dr Bruckner shared the value of integrating timber as a welcoming, transitional and sculptural guide to reduce stress and promote health within the built environment.

Expressing how wood and other natural elements can be adapted to the design of spaces at all scales, the discussion also shed light on the ability of wood to enhance the healing process in hospitals, providing greater connection to nature and the external environment, while addressing carbon sequestration.

The session was concluded with an insightful Q&A including speakers, professionals and students.

Read the Columbia Global Centers article here.

 

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