Making Wellbeing  


Wellbeing was once largely seen as a matter of religious or spiritual rituals. Now we tend to value psychological and physical practices. Research is highlighting the spatial and bodily components of wellbeing, with emphasis on the importance of light, sound, temperature, air quality, and access to living things such as plants and parks.

Classrooms designed for wellbeing demonstrably produce better learning outcomes. Companies with well-designed offices have healthier, more productive employees. We understand that buildings aren’t just about the single sense of the visual but are experienced through all senses – sound, smell, touch. We also know we must attend to the relational, social, and ecological.

Recent scholarship on buildings and neuroscience suggests that our neural circuitry not only enables us to engage in the adaptive activity we call storytelling, but predisposes us to satisfaction in discovering it in the arrangement of place in the built environment, in rooms, buildings and city streets.

Making Wellbeing – from Birth to Death assembles key themes, recent explorations and invites you to construct a story in this place, and write a new chapter in a long narrative.

Thanks to the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arup, Architype, Auburn Studio, Biotecture, C.F. Møller, CityVerve, Color Motion GmbH, Dold Ag, Foster + Partners, Gessi, Greystar, Ingvartsen Arkitekter, Jennie Webb, Kings College London, MASS Design Group, Hassell Studio, J&L Gibbons, Mæ Architects, Medical Architecture, Nomad Projects, Older Women’s Co-housing (OWCH),  Peter Barber, Podtime, Pollard Thomas Edward, Sarah Wigglesworth, Stantec, Tim Hursley, University of Aberdeen, University of Bath, University College London (UCL), Vital Arts, Waterfrom Design

Curated by The Built Environment Trust