The Importance of Breathing Space
Business centers all over the world are usually vast areas of urban grey. In cities where trading activity happens to be the busiest, people tend to swim in the rigid humdrum of activity with a resigned adaptation bordering on boredom. Business centers aren’t actually designed or built around the premise of entertainment but are instead geared along more serious concerns such as business and industry. However, urban designers are heading in the direction of designing business centers with an optimum on livability and rejuvenation. In the design of such livable centers, the need to factor in breathing spaces within such enclaves is vital.
Governments encouraging this “livable city” initiative usually work with the private sector in thinking up the ideal conditions for such infrastructure. You can observe this in the way Singapore, for example, goes about its continuous programs of real estate development for public housing/industry, utilities management, and urban environmental care. Urban dwellers are the ultimate benefactors of such government initiatives helped along by the private sector running big business. The immediate benefactor, however, are those working in business centers. They will always be the ones to first experience the convenience and well being offered by breathing spaces within bustling business centers.
The worldwide trend
City planners in such key Asian cities undergoing renewed working and living conditions found in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Shanghai, Malaysia and the like have business centers being emulated in other parts of the world for their focus on breathing space. As business owners, career professionals, and work commuters anywhere in the world we may be, we are sure to experience the same kind of urban change as this endeavor gets traction worldwide. Right now, we can see such developments in the emergence of the following infrastructure in our business centers:
- Green areas and carless districts. It is utterly pointless for business centers to exist where there still exists the need to drive motorized and carbon emitting vehicles to such areas. It simply defeats the main objective why urban real estate in business centers need to have such in the overall planning of industrial infrastructure. Tree foliage, shrubbery and flower patches in green respite areas are places of human rejuvenation and must conform to the dictum of renaturalization within controlled environments. The interplay of foliage and Zen garden nooks with water fountains or manmade brooks likewise relaxes and soothes the weary worker.
- Environmental art. Object d’art, installations, or sculptures in the round in breathing spaces create a refreshing contrast of revitalizing moods of those observing it against the stark rigidity of grey buildings or enclosures of metal and glass that characterize structures in business centers. Workers who walk through breathing spaces in the process of their daily commutes to offices benefit from the subtle mood changes that happen when stimulated by such sights. Those who stop by or linger find enough time to productively slow down and organize thoughts in a more relaxed manner.
- Wifi zones. Although there are wifi cities now in existence in business centers in highly industrialized countries, those without such extensive infrastructure yet can be found to have wifi zones within breathing spaces. Such zones are vital to workers and business owners alike for they can never be as efficient as they wish to be without the necessary communication technology available to them. Wifi zones in business center breathing spaces allow you and your mobile devices access to online communication technology. You can surf the web or make your RingCentral VoIP work even as you linger for a while and get your work bearings back to manageable levels after an exhausting meeting.