Inspired by the healing powers of nature, Agoras provide positive multi-sensory stimulation, including light, sound and movement. Extensive studies in neuroscience and brain plasticity confirm therapeutic benefits, including lowered cortisol levels, increased t-cell production, lower heart rates and enhanced overall immune function. Our Agoras represent a community resource specifically designed to improve wellbeing.

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Scientific Studies prove elevated stress levels damage our brains, compromise our immune system and physically change our genetic structure. Aging, inflammation and disease are also accelerated by anxiety and stress. A growing body of research (Biophilic Studies) reveals the vital interconnection between the natural environment and human wellbeing.

Our Agoras provide restorative spaciousness during the course of a busy schedule for individuals to push the pause button and relax into a contemplative, reflective state. Even a few moments of mindfulness can restore balance, connection with community, and regenerative health benefits.

Evidence-based design demonstrates the extraordinary impact the built environment has upon all of our senses. Early research in the emerging field of Biophilia by E.O. Wilson at Harvard reveals the importance of our human connection with Nature. The Agora Projects is creating a bridge between the built environment and the natural world by merging architectural design with neuroscience research to skillfully stimulate our brain’s natural processing power. The result is a whole body experience fostering reflection and contemplative awareness. We provide links to numerous studies pointing to the health benefits and restorative value of multi-sensory stimuli designed to reduce stress.

E.O. Wilson Quote and review of “Biophilia”

City Life and the Brain – News from the Harvard Medical School, Sara Lazar, PhD

The Basics of Evidence Based Design

Killer Stress – The dangers of chronic stress – National Geographic & Stanford University 

Portrait of a Killer – link to the full length PBS documentary

Healing Art and the Medicine in Music