There’s a reason we dread the basement office with no windows, or the cubicle farm surrounded by executive suites that get the views. A lack of connection to the outdoors can noticeably affect mood, and at a broader level it has been linked to health impacts and reduced productivity.
These resources investigate why it’s a good idea to design with biophilia—our innate love of nature—in mind. They also offer specific guidance for targeting those features proven to make the biggest difference.
Some proponents of indoor plants promise that they will clean the air and promote occupant health and productivity. But will they? Scientific backing for these claims is still being developed, but some of the results are promising.