Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing

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Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing

Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing

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The result is ‘Happy by Design’, which I hope will widen the debate around mental wellbeing in the built environment and help us all understand that we have control over our immediate surroundings and can make changes that will better our sense of wellbeing. Calendar arrived safely in plastic-free packaging - which I've not seen before with a calendar, so kudos for that. Although a lot of this is common sensical and a repetition of what I know from my training, it is really good to have them noted all togs3thsr in a concise and clear manner.

Invite health and happiness into the heart of your home with practical ideas for decor, organization, and mindfulness that will transform your living space—and create an uplifting atmosphere that looks after you from morning to night!

Founded, resourced and content managed by B Corp Certified comms agency Content Coms, our mission is to drive a deeper understanding of the impact that buildings can have our mental and physical health.

We are IT literate (although no experience of web design) and initially started to design the site ourselves - it looked ‘very’ average, not as polished as hoped and it wasn’t easy to add features that we wanted ourselves. I also see this work as being incredibly important for the design of affordable housing, as data, unfortunately, shows that the less well-off someone is, the more likely they are to suffer with mental health issues. Features real-world examples including Marmalade Lane co-housing by Mole Architects, Francis Holland School by BDP, Maggie’s Centre Oldham by dRMM Architects, Kings Crescent Estate by Karakusevic Carson Architects and Happy Street by Yinka Ilori. Lighter colors will give you maximum reflective powers, and a glossy finish can add extra luminosity. For anyone interested in the power of human centric and people-focused design, this publication will be a highly anticipated and extremely timely guide.If we started investing in happier buildings right now, the rewards would continue far into the future. Abingdon accessed 17 February active adaptable spaces advice aesthetics Alain de Botton Aldo Van Eyck amygdala Architecture of Happiness areas argues artificial light atmosphere benefits biodiversity Biophilia BREEAM Building Standard Version building users calm ceilings cities colour comfortable Consider create a sense Delos Living LLC designing buildings discussed effect elements encourage Environments of Architecture exercise Experiencing Architecture feel floor furniture gardens Guerrilla Gardening happier Health First Aid human idea impact important increase integrate interaction introverts kitchens Le Corbusier legible London look mental health mental wellbeing mindfulness mood natural daylight noise Penguin personal space personalisation physical projects Psychology reduce refuge theory RIBA Publishing Richard Layard roof rooflights Rules of Thumb safety sleep stack ventilation Standard Version 1. Also known as The Mindful Architect, Channon explains his own motivation for producing the book: “I wanted to create something that was accessible, functional and empowering.

They’d started requesting dual aspect apartments and things like generous cycle storage, rather than reluctantly providing them, as they had previously, for example. However, from this experience, Ben realised that mental health issues are universal and that anyone can find themselves struggling. I’ve noticed dramatic changes in my mental wellbeing and positivity when I’ve had to live or work in an unpleasant space.

It poses – and answers – all of the key questions: If you were to design a building that puts occupants’ happiness first, what would it look like? It’s all about how buildings affect our moods and minds, and how they can be altered and customised to better serve our collective wellbeing in a very wide range of ways.

In exploring the relationship between ceiling height and mood, Channon talks about a link between higher ceilings and a greater sense of psychological freedom. Podcast appearances: Savills Real Estate Insights Podcast, The Business of Architecture Podcast (coming soon), Bodyshot Performance Podcast, 28Hands ‘Changing Construction As We Know It’ Podcast (coming soon), PropCast. Given that we spend over 80% of our time in buildings, shouldn’t we have a better understanding of how they make us feel? I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a professional, approachable company that provides quality service and great results! And when it comes to evoking calm and relaxation, lighter shades of blue and green have been associated with these feelings, meaning they’re often put to best use in bedrooms and quieter spaces.The book has already won favour from some of architecture’s most prominent spokespersons, including TV-star Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs saying that “anyone building a house should read this first. We each have over 20 years experience (many of which spent working together), and we’ll be your biggest supporters – promoting your work and rooting for your success! Happy by Design teaches us how we can actively improve our health and wellbeing through the way we design and regard every room in the house.



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