Buildings that contribute to a longer life

As architects we interpret the brief into a built form for our clients.

What we miss sometimes is how our buildings interface with their surroundings and community. The idea of the perfect home in suburbia does not necessarily provide opportunities for social interaction and congregation, as they may be far from businesses, public spaces and services.

This interesting short talk is food for thought on how social interaction and life style contributes to people’s longevity in life.

This talk sparked my interest on how we, as designers, can help to contribute to people’s social life through our buildings.

I am particularly keen to see how in our current aged care projects we can better provide social interaction to reduce the feeling of loneliness for residents.

How can we activate shared spaces?

How can we make spaces more inclusive?

How can we encourage social interaction?

How can our design make people happier?

These are just a few of the questions we need to consider and incorporate in our work.