Today, more than ever, personal well-being is crucial in the daily life of consumers. All or almost all of us have come to understand and recognize the importance that the design of physical environments and systems has on our health: the need for clean air, more open spaces and tranquility are real priorities, not holistic aspirations.
People today live very busy lives due not only to busy lifestyles, but also because there is really nowhere to get away from it all safely. We are surrounded by concrete urban landscapes that create further visual and acoustic pollution, stimuli that we often bring into the house as well.
One of the most growing trends is precisely that of spaces optimized for personal well-being.
Practices, devices and architectures that support safety, cleanliness and health are also strong: many consumers seek a return to nature as a way to slow down and embrace calm and tranquility.
The target? Very simple: more personal well-being in chaotic urban environments and bad for physical and mental health. To better understand the trajectories at play in this increasingly important trend, I try to outline three key trends. These are developments that will combine technology and a natural approach to support personal well-being.
As architecture and engineering embrace the idea that built systems and environments impact people's physical and emotional personal well-being, they are embracing new biophilic and human-centered design principles. A renewed attention is paid to lighting, to air quality, sound environments and materials to create spaces that work in synergy with natural rhythms to promote greater health and happiness.
Local and farm-to-table ideas remain important aspects of the food and dining experience. With the improvements of the agricultural technology and its efficiency, coupled with the increase in the scale of production, there is the hope that small-scale agriculture will become more viable. For everyone, huh? For both businesses and consumers who want healthier food. The vertical gardens and other grow solutions are extending seasonality and further reducing the distance food has to travel to get to a plate. In addition to increasing the impact on sustainability that people can have at home.
In the chaos of urban landscapes and technology, people want to "slow down in nature". Scientific studies support the health benefits (both physical and mental) of activities such as playing with the earth, walking in the woods or simply wandering around a terrace with plants. For this reason, designers and architects create environments and solutions that they bring the outside inside and they encourage people to integrate nature more deeply into their daily life.