Designing for well-being

I consider that sustainability extends beyond the obvious “green veneer,” the ubiquitous solar panel or the wind turbine. As an Architect I seek opportunities with my Clients to design for the user or those who will experience the architecture.

Designing for well-being is therefore critical to successful design. A successful building design promotes frequent use and a well used facility can contribute to sustainable use.

The RIBA Journal (UK) has published this article that demonstrates how design can embrace well-being.

There appears to be no end to our enthusiasm for foods, drinks, gadgets and activities that, we are told, will help us keep well and live longer. From avocados and kale to cycling and FitBits, our lives are packed full of stuff marketed as beneficial for our health and wellbeing, and it’s big business.

So why shouldn’t buildings be part of the wellbeing trend? After all, we spend most of our time in them and there’s the potential for us, and the companies we work for, to reap benefits. A stream of research has assessed the impact of good and bad quality indoor office environments, on everything from typing speeds to sleep levels and absenteeism…

Full article here (RIBAJ)

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