What if our concrete jungles became more jungle and less concrete?

That’s the concept of rewilding, the architectural practice of reintroducing nature into our cities. It’s an approach that goes beyond rooftop gardens and potted plants in office lobbies. Rewilding takes biophilic design, the practice of bringing in the outside in, a step further by seamlessly blending the natural and built environments. Structures are greener with plant life, creating healthier spaces for people and the planet. More natural light and ventilation are incorporated, as well, reports ARCHITECT in a comprehensive feature.

Done correctly, rewilding can lure workers back to the office.

“There is evidence that nature helps people be more attached to place and have pride in their building’s neighborhood. These are important things for companies trying to get workers back to the office; offering more access to nature might help employees want to come back,” says Angela Loder, author and vice president of research at the WELL Building Institute, in a Q&A with ARCHITECT.

Propane amenities such as firepits, fireplaces and patio heaters complement the movement by creating outdoor spaces that can be used well into the fall. Rooftop terraces, balconies and other common areas heated by propane provide employees spaces where they can recharge, engage with others and breathe fresh air.

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