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The world of : the nature, queen of the workspaces ?

life in The office after the health crisis, there will be more green ? The aspiration to work spaces safe and environmentally friendly nature could accelerate, according to the professionals interviewed by the AFP. "People want to reconnect to nature," after two months of confinement, see Pierre Darmet, head of marketing and commercial development of the Jardins de Gally. Small plant walls, cloisonnettes wooden bins high to be installed on the terraces : this company specializes in landscaping offers solutions to meet the distances required by the health crisis.

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there is a "need to find themselves in a natural environment much more soothing," confirms Roman Balmary, co-founder of Sky my radishes, a company that creates vegetable gardens business. "The health crisis can be an opportunity for those companies that offer solutions to revegetate the work environments inside and outside," says Odile Duchenne, director-general of Actineo, observatory of the quality of life at work.

The demand is high and already rooted among the employees. According to a study in 2015 of the Human Spaces Report International, led by the psychologist of organizations Cary Cooper from 7600 office workers in 16 countries, the five items most sought after in the workplace are the natural lighting (44%), indoor plants (20%), a space of quiet work (19%), the view on the sea (17%), and the bright colors (15%). For employees who work in environments with greenery or natural light, the american researcher notes a 15 per cent increase in sense of well-being, 15% of that of creativity and of 6% of the feel of a best productivity.

plants have not always been fashionable at the office...

The concept of "biophilia," defined in 1984 by the american biologist Edward Osborne Wilson, as contact with nature is essential to the well-being, has the wind in its sails in the architects, that speak of "biophilic design". It has not always been so. The architect and urban planner Elizabeth Pèlegrin-Genel published in 1994 "The anguish of the green plant on the corner of the desk" (SFS edition). Plants were not then fashionable, that does not mix well with computers and air conditioning. The fashion was rather to laminate white, not natural materials. Now, "there is a new report in nature. People want green, wood, water, plants, breathe the air outside," explains the architect.

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For Odile Duchenne, the new buildings will have to avoid the air conditioning, propagatrice of the virus, the benefit of natural ventilation. "Some of the towers of the Defense are starting to have windows that open wide", she notes. The roofs, terraces and green areas develop, sometimes with gardens or yards. "Even if the plants have properties clean-up, even if they moisten the air and avoids the drying out, the most important is to open the windows, bring the outside air twice a day", insists Pierre Darmet, who, in the Jardins de Gally, proposed building when it is possible to work spaces outside, called "the offices fertile". "This will always be nicer to have separations plant as plexiglas. But the work remains the work, and what counts is the atmosphere," recalls Elizabeth Pèlegrin-Genel.

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