‘a better place’ is a wellbeing survey and value metrics study, providing clarity on how to harmonise spaces with peoples’ needs, to support their wellbeing and enable highest productivity and value returns. The study comprises of four parts, each of which can be adopted on its own and enhance a project’s wellbeing impact.
Following a lengthy, eventful, but solid research and development stage for the new SKA scheme for Higher Education spaces and laboratories, it is now available as a draft to review for comments.
As designers, we can benefit from using our own user-experience in everyday life to add insight in spaces we design for others. One of the biggest tools we have is ‘empathy’ and this tool like any other gets sharpened and grows the more experiences we are immersed in.
A tool that has been harnessed by marketing teams for decades and nature for, well, a very long time, is the well established association different colours have with certain psychological reactions. Yet in commercial, education and healthcare facilities, the impact that interior design has on the user is often overlooked and colour use is very much part of this.
The UK Green Building Council is catalysing private sector action to help ensure a positive outcome from COP21 (http://www.cop21paris.org/) and as members we have made our pledge
A recent open-mic session hosted during the Disruptive Innovation Festival discussed the ins and outs of creating a Product Passport scheme for manufactured goods. Speakers included Stephane Arditi, Policy Manager for the European Environmental Bureau, and Carston Wacholz, Resource use and EU Product Policy Officer at the EEB.
New York needs little introduction! From the bright lights, sirens, yellow cabs, dramatic skyline, and a frantic pace of life, this megapolis doesn’t do anything by halves. But how does it approach sustainable design and construction in a city that is always “bigger, brighter, better, faster”?