We have been thinking a lot about why human-centric, environmentally conscious design matters. Put simply - people thrive when they are in contact with nature. We are all aware of the benefits of our connection to nature, but it is not often capitalized upon. By designing to support the innate connection of humans and nature, there is an opportunity to increase our health and well-being and optimize our potential.
The owner / occupant
To ensure the longevity of our spaces they need to be well-loved by those who inhabit them. Occupying a space that nurtures your health and wellbeing will feel good. A tailored solution incorporating these principles of human and environment centric design will result in a space that caters to your needs, look good, nurtures your health and contributes to a healthier environment.
A space that nurtures the health and well-being of those within it will allow workers to function at their optimum and produce better performance outcomes - meaning better work, increased productivity and reduced sick leave.
Equally, working within an environment that is allowing you to be at your best will create higher work-satisfaction, whilst also contributing to a higher quality of wellbeing outside of work. An environment that supports good health and circadian synchronization during the day, will support you in getting a good night’s sleep - crucial for restoration and repair.
With studies finding that on average people spend 87% of their time indoors, we have a great responsibility as designers to create ‘habitats’ that nurture human health and support a thriving ecosystem. It is imperative that as designers, we take an active role in researching and understanding the human species, our biology and the ecosystem in which we have evolved, to inform our design solutions.
A healthier society means a higher quality of life. Living better lifestyles, experiencing less illness, producing better work and having increased life-satisfaction will make for a better society. Taking this approach of ‘prevention’ to reduce ailments rather than the reactionary response of 'treatment', will reduce associated costs and produce better health outcomes.
While as individuals we may wear one or many of these hats, the common theme here is that we are all human and we all benefit from being within healthy environments.