Ways of Greening Using Plants and Gardens for Healthy Work and Living Surroundings
This book focuses on rethinking working and living spaces and understanding how "greening" can make them healthier and their occupants happier. It teaches how to see unique ideas for spaces and some of the materials needed to create the designs.
Inspired by a study that states that 8% of a space needs to have plants in order to positively affect the air quality of the space, this book explores what that minimum would look like in spaces and how it can be done to existing spaces as well as to new site designs, greening both interiors and exteriors. Using the mathematical amount of 10% per square foot, the illustrations start at that quantity of greening and show how it can look.
The sites selected are both public and private sites, as well as interior and exterior. As there are more modalities, needs, and locations where people now work, making sure that multiple types of spaces are designed for people’s success is more relevant than ever. This includes designs for more traditional offices, open-air offices, commercial spaces, homes, studios, and more.
Ways of Greening: using Plans and Gardens for Healthy Work and Living Surroundings gives readers a way to not only understand greening but to understand how to see greening applied to their place. The two basic ways to see the spaces selected are existing spaces to which greening design is applied afterward and upcoming spaces in which greening design can be built directly into the space. The first type of retrofitting greening into existing spaces can also be combined with the second type of space (new designs). There are examples of both types throughout the book. Essentially, this book addresses ways in which business owners, residents, developers, architects, agencies, and others can integrate greening to improve the air quality and the quality of life with a green solution.
About the Author
Chapter 1 Exploring Greening Design
1a. Greening Designs
1b. 10% of the Space for Greening
1c. Permeable Pavers
1d. Grey Water
1e. Air Pollutants and Air Quality
1g. Psychological Effects of Green Design
1h. JEDI in Design
Chapter 2 Urban Areas
2a. Neighborhood with Greening on Rooftops
2b. Greening of City Block with Rooftop, Street Trees, Green Alleys
2c. City Block with Greening
2d. Street View of City Greening
2e. Under Freeway for Agriculture
2f. Under Freeway for Park
Chapter 3 Commercial Spaces
3a. Storefront Window
3b. Mixed Use Street
3c. Shopping Plaza
3d. Parking Garage Exterior
3e. Parking Garage Interior
3f. Parking Plaza
Chapter 4 Time Invested Spaces
4a. Loft with Vertical Greening
4b. Loft with Brick Wall Greening
4c. Home Office
4e. Office Meeting Room
Chapter 5 Private and Public Spaces
5b. Old Architectural Space
5c. Spiritual Center
5d. Courthouse steps
5e. Penn Station
e. Image Credits
Famulari makes a public call to the design profession in her new book to integrate greening into everyday practice. Each individual involved in shaping the built and natural surroundings has the responsibility to lean on allied professions to create healthier places for people and this book is the recipe you'll want to follow. Inequitable access to green space was exacerbated by the pandemic. It's our responsibility to right these inequities and Famulari puts designers, planners, architects, landscape architects, and other allied professions on notice to step into the role of a change agent. Professor Famulari presents her most important lecture yet. The teachings in this book highlight the vision to easily integrate greening practice.
Whether you are new to this work, or a veteran, this book provides green selections of design interventions that can serve as inspiration for a range of contexts and applications. The time is now for greening and biophilic design – health cannot wait one more day. And Famulari shows us just how easy it can be.
-- Ashley Zidon, ASLA, AICP. Community planner, researcher, and change-maker.
This book addresses the impacts on design and the need to build an inclusive culture - detailing the how and who has access to interact with green space. Stevie's ability to challenge the status quo, specifically with how people and plants interact, is a beautiful push on our responsibility to climate change. She does an excellent job showing us how to prioritize and value plant life and its numerous positive impacts on the earth and life in every facet of daily living.
-- Janna Pea, Founder of Pea Nation, communications executive specializing in social impact campaigns and narrative change