Wellness is a holistic approach that incorporates health, equity, accessibility, sustainability and flexibility alongside physical and mental wellbeing. Wellness is now becoming essential and a key point when it comes to design, architecture, real estates and urban planning going forward. D Magazine recently posted an article that analyzes how the wellness for all approach is changing architecture and design.
“Advances in science and technology, especially the study of human psychology and physiology, have enhanced our understanding of the impact that material selection, location, and accessibility can have on a user’s sense of place and wellbeing. Biophilic design, access to fresh air and green space, and intentional selection of healthier amenities, material finishes, and food options within a project have positively impacted a user’s emotional state and physical well-being”.
Wellness must go along with equity driven design, which basically means that within every project it is necessary to incorporate wellness and best practices for everyone, not a specific group of people. For example, decisions that affect the final results of a project start with stakeholders engagement, it is crucial then to assure that it is a “diverse and inclusive representation of the end-user or community that the project will impact”.
The pandemic has shown that it is very important to start executing design and architecture from a human centric approach. Many professionals resources are available to help real estate and design professionals incorporate health and social equity into every project. “ LEED and WELL programs have integrated further credits that specifically address health and social equity issues. Simultaneously, evaluation tools such as SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) can establish a framework to determine critical issues about specific developments”.
Moving forward, the main goal is to identify where barriers to healthy and equitable design exist and where we can strategically employ better solutions:
“As the definition of wellness continues to evolve — incorporating our physical, emotional, and social states — it is evident what a large role thoughtful design and development of our built environment plays.The need to design for wellness, health, and inclusivity within all building types will only become more critical over the coming years”.
At MKThink we are also looking at how city planning can adapt to our evolving needs over time and how urban spaces can be designed considering factors such as sustainability, wellbeing and safety. And we especially love finding underutilized spaces that can become productive for the benefit of society. Whether it's rooftops or bathrooms or under highway bypasses, tell us what you're interested in transforming
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