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Biophilic Environment to improve mental health

Unit(s) of assessment: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning

School: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment


The research is centred on the emerging use of biophilic design and smart building technologies, which recognises the human instinct to connect with nature and the mental health benefits this can bring, such as reducing stress, anxiety and depression, and improving cognitive function. Consumers of the technology – named Vieunite - will also be recommended a variety of real paintings in their homes which complement their environment and match their personal tastes.

Images of nature which improve mental health will be beamed into homes, public spaces and workplaces as part of a new research project between Nottingham Trent University and international display manufacturer Allsee Technologies.

Around 200 artists are being invited to be part of the project – which will include a number of students and academics from NTU’s School of Art & Design – to develop a selection of biophilic artwork.

The project will also investigate the use of artificial intelligence as a way to select images which are personalised to each individual, based on their demographic information and online behaviours.

Users will be able to share recommendations for different images in an online community of subscribers.

You'll be able to find more information here from Wednesday 1 June.

Related staff

The NTU team is led by Dr Yangang Xing (Principal Investigator) who has expertise in intelligent healthy buildings and biophilic design.

It involves collaboration from the NTU Computer Science department (Prof Ahmed Lotfi, Co-investigator), Art and Design (Dr Ben Carpenter van Barthold, Co-investigator), Psychology (Dr Alex Sumich, Co-investigator), Jordan Bird and Ethics and Construction Management (Dr Andrew Knight, Co-investigator).

The KTP associate system software developer is Mr Anthony Adole, KTP.

Our industrial partner and funder is Allsee Technology.