InformeDesign Releases Implications on the Human Need for ‘Vitamin G’

March 25, 2008

WASHINGTON - InformeDesign® has released a new issue of Implications, a monthly newsletter on design and human behavior, that addresses the "other" green design issue: the basic human need for natural environments that includes trees, grass, and other plants.  

Evidence suggests that much like a vitamin, humans need a regular "dose" of exposure to green environments—"Vitamin G"—to maintain optimal health. 

"While far from conclusive, the available evidence suggests that designers should think of the benefits of green places, elements, and views as operating much like a vitamin," state authors Dr. Frances Kuo, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Eric Miller. They cite research showing that people deprived of green environments are more likely to experience poorer health, more medical symptoms and higher mortality rates. Moreover, studies have found increased psychological and sociological ills related to a lack of green spaces and views.

The type of greenery or outdoor setting does not appear to be important. "Vitamin G seems to be beneficial regardless of its physical form," say Kuo and Miller. More important is being exposed to frequent, regular "doses" of Vitamin G, and the authors give designers many specific suggestions for maximizing people's exposure. 

View or download a copy of this issue from the InformeDesign Web site.

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