The ways that we engage with the spaces in which we live and work have transformed dramatically in recent years. There is a growing recognition that these spaces have a huge influence on almost every aspect of our lives- from how we sleep and socialize to how productive we are. Consideration of the mental, social, and physical health and wellbeing of occupants and citizens should play a central role in the design and construction of the built environment. Buildings should be comfortable, secure, and safe spaces that provide the opportunity for positive social interaction and healthy lifestyles.
The physical and mental health of the human population is intrinsically linked to biodiversity and the health of the natural world. Therefore, the built environment should also integrate green spaces and areas that protect and promote the growth of natural systems.