Connectedness to ourselves, others, our environment, time and energy is essential for human wellbeing. We approach spatial health through the concept of Spaces of Connection™, in which analysis and facilitation of elements of connectedness are in a central position. This approach is based on architectural psychology and postphenomenology, in which technology is a mediator between the physical world and human experience. These are brought together with a pragmatic take on spatial design, which leans on principles of sustainable design.

Healthcare costs are on the rise as we live longer than ever, and are more overweight and depressed than ever. Today, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide . By consequence, individuals, communities and organizations suffer from a loss of performance and profits.
    Reasons for the increasing health issues are by far less individual than are often thought of. Both mental health and overweight issues are largely due to environmental factors and could be decreased or prevented by shifts in our environment. 

Our physical and social environments have a response in our bodies and brains. Human beings prefer certain environmental elements that are perceived safe or beneficial. How our environments nurture or reject us have a profound impact on our health. These spatial-social-bodily interactions and responses can increasingly be detected and measured, which provides valuable information for designing healthy environments in the future.
    With leadership and social culture that respects and cares for the community, health-oriented design of built environments is a powerful, preventative measure with long-term benefits. •

A Manifesto of Designing for Connectedness

1. Connectedness to oneself, others, to one's environment, time and to energy are essential for human well-being.

2. To design for connection is to respond to physical, emotional and cognitive needs.

3. To design for connection is to enable.

4. Well-functioning space is priority, and aesthetics is a function of well-being.

5. To design for balance is to bring opposites together.

6. High quality is respect towards oneself and others.

7. Senses tie us to a moment. Beauty is an experience of hope.

8. Substances that age beautifully provide a sense of continuation.

9. There is no such thing as perfection. Imperfection is a spark of life.

10. Small touches make a big impact. We are not immortal, but just visiting. 

Well AP

The agency is in process to become a WELL Accredited Professional by the International WELL Building Institute . The certificate supports expertise and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities. • 

© Heini Lehtinen, 2018.