Throughout history mankind has benefitted from its connection to the natural environment. It has sustained us, inspired us, and driven us to accomplish extraordinary things. Today, the modern natural habitat of people is the built environment, and when it comes to the built environment two key problems present themselves: Environment degradation and alienation from nature.
As a society, we’ve already begun to address the environmental degradation issue through sustainable building practices and green design. The trend towards green building and sustainable design is no longer just a trend – it’s a major tenant of contemporary architecture and development. We propose we take this idea one step further. It is only within recent times that serious steps have been taken to address the very real problem of alienation from nature – and it’s our mission to minimize the issue by bridging the gap between the people inside the buildings, and the natural environment that surrounds them, whether they are a student, a patient, or an employee in an office.
Health and well-being are inextricably linked to nature, and our connection to the outdoors is part of our biological inheritance, yet all too often we live alienated from nature. In this day and age we spend roughly 90 percent of our time indoors, which equates to less than one half day a week, spent outside! Alienation from nature does not need to be an inevitable consequence of modern life. Now more than ever, we must strive to blur the lines between the comfort of the indoors and the human benefits the outdoors provides.
At SageGlass, we have a vision to improve the human experience for everyone in the built environment by removing barriers and providing people with an unobstructed connection to the outside world. A connection that we as humans are biologically inclined towards, but have been problematically estranged from. Architects aspire to eradicate problems and expedite change through the built environment. SageGlass provides architects the opportunity to address this problem by deliberately designing an occupant-centric built environment that offers an unobstructed connection to the natural environment.
It’s time to open our eyes and Look Again:
- Look Again at removing the shades and blinds that block out the world so we can improve the experience and well-being of everyone who inhabits the buildings we create.
- Look Again at how the world’s best healthcare facilities speed recovery and preserve a connection to the outdoors.
- Look Again at how the world’s best colleges improve grades, and maintain a connection to the outside world.
- Look Again at how alienation from nature is affecting the health and well-being of office employees.
- Look Again at the pioneer of the electrochromic glass industry.
SageGlass believes it is time to transform the modern-day indoor living experience by connecting the built environment with the natural environment – all in the name of a better indoor experience for building occupants – and it starts with smarter windows. Are you ready to Look Again?