Our world is rapidly changing and adapting, never more relevant than during the current global pandemic. As we consider options to return to public spaces, it is paramount for us to incorporate peoples’ health and wellbeing as ultimate design drivers. This is a critical time and opportunity to integrate our built environment into the power of nature, inducing a sense of calm for people within our buildings. In recent months, our lives have been forced to slow down and many of us have reconnected to community and nature – in our gardens, streetscapes, and homes.
We have reconnected with our own love of life, taken time to pause in the moment, and reconnect ourselves back to nature. Good design can reduce stress, increase cognitive performance, emotion and mood enhancement within us.
As the world population continues to urbanise, these qualities are more important than ever.