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ON THE ROOF WITH...

ON THE ROOF WITH...

BIOPHILIC
RESEARCHER
AND AUTHOR
FLORENCE WILLIAMS
LAM: Hi Florence. You've been researching the connection between
health and environments for more than five years now, and even using
your own body to conduct experiments which is fascinating. What has
surprised you the most during this journey?
FW: I wasn't surprised that being in nature makes us calmer
and even more creative. I regularly get my best ideas while
hiking or noodling around outside. I was surprised to learn that
experiencing beauty or awe can make us feel more communityminded, kinder, more patient and more altruistic, according to
science. I was also, on a personal level, surprised to learn how
much noise pollution bothers me, which I think is one of the
reasons why I (and many people) find city life stressful. There is
a large and growing body of evidence on the detrimental health
effects of both noise pollution and air pollution, but some of us
are more sensitive to noise than others.
LAM: If you could name the top five biophilic things you'd like to see
change in most buildings to enhance their ability to contribute to our well
being, what would those five things be?
FW:
1. Better air filtration and exchange, including windows that open.
2. More circadian lighting and daylighting.
3. Bigger windows so we can see what's happening in the real
world outside.
4. More plants and greenery inside, including break rooms,
courtyards and green roofs with spaces for rest or conversation.
5. Variable temperature control and customizable seating so I'm
not always freezing.
LAM: If you could change the way we plan our communities, what would
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be top of your list to change at this scale?
FW: More and higher quality green spaces in all parts of the
city! That and noise-pollution controls, like banning gaspowered leaf blowers.
LAM: Considering the interaction or interrelationship between
climate change impacts and the greater need for resilience with
the need to protect and enhance human well being, how would you
describe this relationship?
FW: I think that mitigating climate change and promoting
human well-being are really compatible. More ecological
resilience can be found through larger and more protected
natural areas, greater biodiversity, less asphalt and more trees,
bioswales and smart development.
LAM: What do you see as next or just around the corner in terms of
scientific insights into the human and natural environment dynamic?
FW: I think we will see more specifics about which kinds of
diseases and conditions are best helped by time in nature,
about how much nature dosing we need, and about which
elements of nature deliver the biggest benefits, although I also
believe all of these things are going to be variable between
people. Some people will always prefer the ocean to the
mountains, or grasslands to trees, etc. Someday we will be
ashamed that we kept so many children indoors for their entire
educations.
LAM: Any final thoughts or ideas you'd like to share.
FW: Go outside, go often. Bring friends or not. Bring children
if you can. Breathe.

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