Biophilic Design in Light of Art, Neuroscience, and Technology

Architizer A+ Award-Studded Summer

Sky Factory earns Jury Award, Best Product + Healthcare, at the 2014 Architizer A+ Awards.

Written by: David Navarrete

On May 15th, our flagship product, the Luminous SkyCeiling, earned the Jury Award in the Best Product + Healthcare category at the 2014 Architizer A+ Awards held at the Highline Stages in New York City. In just its 2nd year, Architizer has become architecture's largest global awards program with an internationally renowned jury of 300 industry leaders and 60+ categories that drew over 2,100 entries from 100+ countries.

Two months later, on July 12th, Texas Tech University's peer-reviewed paper, Neural Correlates of Nature Stimuli: an fMRI Study, earned the prestigious International Research Project Award at the 2014 Design & Health International Academy Awards held at the Royal York Fairmont Hotel in Toronto, Canada, during the 10th Design & Health World Congress. The study found that The Sky Factory's open sky photographic compositions, in addition to sharing brain activations with other nature images deemed "positive" also caused unique activations in the cerebellum, an area of the brain involved in spatial perception.

Dr. Debajyoti Pati, the lead researcher at Texas Tech, called the paper a seminal study in neuroarchitecture. The International Academy for Design & Health plays an important role as an advocate for better standards in the design, development and maintenance of environments and spaces that support human health, well-being, and quality of life.

Sky Factory is the only designer of evidence-based, virtual skylights that also provides continuing education courses on the benefits of biophilic design. Our family of Luminous SkyCeilings, Windows, and Digital Cinema applications are biophilic designed products that provide research-verified, architectural solutions for a range of healthcare and commercial spaces. To find out how Sky Factory can bring the healing presence of nature to your organization, contact us today.

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