The Impact of the Built Environment on our Wellbeing
The spaces where we spend time—our homes and communities—significantly influence our physical, emotional and mental health. Every element that goes into the making of these spaces not only determines how we use the space, our experience and our lifestyle, but also, the state of our wellbeing.
Traditionally, most of these spaces were not planned with wellbeing in mind and not only fail to support current life demands, but contribute to emotional or physical malaise.
Studies show that urban dwellers have a 40% higher risk of depression and 20% higher risk of anxiety, in addition to higher levels of stress and isolation, than those who live in rural areas. See Resources page.
Considering that we spend 90% of our time indoors, healthy homes are as vital to us as nutritious food and exercise.
So, if the urban environment is part of the problem, can it also be part of the solution?
Lucida Wellbeing Design Consulting examines the factors influencing the human experience, both positively and negatively and recreates indoors the elements and conditions that positively impact the quality of life and eliminates those which do not. This practice is called Wellbeing Design.
Wellbeing Design is a multi-disciplinary practice that puts people at the centre of every decision. Research in the fields of environmental psychology, natural science, and biology informs our choices, as we consider the most impactful design elements, innovation, and technology. This holistic analysis of every aspect of a user's situation creates nurturing homes addressing contemporary needs and lifestyles, for a healthy and happy life.
Most current homes and communities are based on century-old templates created to meet the lifestyle needs of a fundamentally different era. Today, with our high-speed way of life, we need home and community designs that address contemporary challenges: stress, social isolation, loneliness, pollution, inactive habits, and alienation from nature.
Urban dwellers' connections with nature have grown weaker over time. But humans are biologically interconnected with nature and its processes. Our longing for nature is not an illusion. Scientific studies have confirmed the strong relationship between our interaction with the natural world and the wellbeing of our bodies and minds . See Resources page.
Today, we have the knowledge and tools to create homes and other indoor environments that improve the quality of life.
If every home is designed to positively impact our health and wellness, we turn living in the urban environment into an advantage. This will result in flourishment and growth of people, communities and cities. Wellbeing Design can set the stage for robust environments that promote a higher quality of life and be a powerful complement to initiatives supporting healing and recovery from physical and psychological issues.
Placing health and wellbeing at the heart of every development does not necessarily mean a higher price tag; it means employing a different approach.
Sectors We Serve
We work with our clients to create authentic and healthy spaces that respond to contemporary lifestyle demands and support community connection and growth.
Developers & Builders
Architects & Interior Designers
Non-Profit & Public Sectors
Individuals With Residential Projects
Multi Family, Custom Homes, Affordable Housing
Wellness & Retreat Centres