Everybody loves a soft, green lawn. When the warm weather hits, many flock outdoors to find a speck of turf for lounging, picnicking, or throwing around a Frisbee. But what if you didn’t have to wait for spring to arrive to enjoy the benefits of your favorite outdoor space? What if you could enjoy the wonders of a lawn…indoors?
Well, now you can - if you attend Cornell University, that is. Students from the school’s Department of Design and Environmental Analysis recently installed indoor lawns in multiple libraries and departmental buildings across campus. The project represents Cornell’s latest effort to keep students relaxed during finals. Described as “oases of calm,” these lawns encourage students to take a much-needed break from the stresses of academia.
“Being in touch with nature helps people be calmer, and they feel refreshed and productive,” stated Eveline Ferretti, the library’s public programs and communications administrator. Cornell’s new initiative quells the need to wait for spring to enjoy some well-deserved turf lounging.
In just its first week of operation, thousands of students took a moment to lie down on a patch of indoor grass and take a breather from studying. For an added dose of humor, project coordinators have accessorized the lawns with signs that read “CAUTION: Snakes.”
Read more about the initiative HERE: