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Outdoor social life with Giulio Barbieri's solutions

20 August 2021 - Mental and physical well-being: living in contact and in harmony with the ecosystem, spending time in the open air.

A recent study suggests that spending at least 120 minutes per week in a green environment. Whether it's 15 minutes a day, 30 minutes four times a week, or an entire weekend in nature, the important thing is that it becomes a habit or a way of life. Giulio Barbieri uses tools to monitor social changes in landscape and culture that have undergone social or environmental metamorphosis, ensuring that our proposals take the changing world into account.

In therapies aimed at restoring mental health, nature has long been viewed as a secondary tool. But over the past 30 to 40 years, its positive effects have been widely recognized. We all need sun and fresh air to stay healthy. Being outdoors offers a rich combination of multisensory stimuli, promotes the release of serotonin, and relieves stress. Everyday life is full of tasks and things to do that overload the prefrontal cortex. But when we spend time in nature, the prefrontal cortex is less active, which helps us regain lost calm and focus

In recent years, we have heard more and more about the therapeutic effects of immersion in nature (especially "forest baths", or shinrin-yoku in Japanese), and the possibility of reducing the negative effects of stress on modern life and health. This is no coincidence: the time we spend in nature is a real antidote to mental and physical fatigue.

This good habit helps us to control not only psychological stress, cholesterol, and blood pressure, but also to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, and allergies. Exposure to the sun increases the production of vitamin D, which is good for our bones. And that's not all: outdoor life multiplies the opportunities for conviviality, sociability, and connections with people, and consequently nourishes our need to establish and maintain relationships with others.

Today, however, supermarkets, highways, and shopping centers are more accessible and central to our lives than forests, lakes, and mountains, precisely because we largely live in closed, isolated environments. We are sadly called the "generation of the interior". We must change this paradigm, learn to love the uninhabitable, and open our minds to spaces and architectural solutions that break our isolation.

“Now I see the secret to creating better people. Growing up in the open air, eating, and sleeping in nature.”

- Walt Whitman

Onda retractable sun shade

Giulio Barbieri's goal is to offer a range of products and solutions that provide cooling, shelter, and protection, and that encourage people to stay outdoors with technologies that make this extremely convenient.

What holds many people back from venturing into nature is not only the lack of time, but also the distances involved, as well as on-site management. Increasingly large and industrialized urban areas make access to areas of natural beauty difficult and complicated, which is why fewer and fewer people are regularly immersing themselves in nature. In these difficult historic times, and in the midst of a global pandemic, building an outdoor space where one can stay safe, and where one can regenerate without having to travel, has become a matter of pure survival.

We want to offer the opportunity to create a comfortable and easily accessible space that blends in with the environment. Thanks to our pergolas, it is possible not only to enlarge indoor spaces, but also to offer real possibilities of regeneration in a purely outdoor living atmosphere that is usable in all seasons. Thanks to scalable adaptive pergolas, it is possible to control the microclimate by adapting it to the seasons.

Indeed, extending the period of use of pergolas and gazebos has considerably changed the way we live outdoors. They are no longer seasonal products, but can be used year round, thanks to the application of increasingly advanced and simplified technologies controlling thermal transmission and noise pollution.

Giulio Barbieri's offer makes it easy to design spaces exclusively dedicated to physical and mental well-being. Our solutions can truly meet all the needs of the family or the entrepreneur by striving for one goal: to allow you to succeed in your work, bring health and physical well-being to your family, and deliver real, measurable, and ppreciable benefits in the new dimension of space-time.