“Space changes behavior. Real estate is not about location, location, location. It’s about people, people, people.”
Besides its beauty, Atlanta is one of the leading cities to think about architecture and spaces based on well-being. “We can be the center of the healthy and sustainable building movement. Just like Chicago became the city of the skyscraper, so Atlanta can become the center of green architecture”, said Liz York, senior advisor for buildings and facilities, strategy and innovation, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pandemic has brought light on important issues that we might not see before: the entire real estate business is turning to the construction of healthy spaces and healthy places.
On a recent Think Tank panel hosted by Gensler Atlanta and moderated by Metropolis’s editor in chief Avinash Rajagopal, the main discussion was to understand how design and architecture needs to focus on solving complex problems such as the emotional well-being of people working and studying at home. Health and other basic human needs are the core when we think on the post pandemic future.
“We have to be concerned about the emotional wellbeing of people working remotely as well as in an office, said Clark Dean, executive managing director, partner and board member, Transwestern. As cities grow, there’s super-linear scaling, that is, things and ideas growing exponentially. If you’re in an environment with a lot of people around you, you work harder. But there’s an emotional price for that.”