cohere | Wellbeing Design: Creating Space for Human Flourishing
Can we truly create the conditions for health and wellness, or is this just wishful thinking?
Wellbeing, Design, Flourishing
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COHERE REPORT

Wellbeing Design

Creating Space for Human Flourishing

Wellbeing is one of the fastest growing global trends in design. With the release of numerous reports and tools from groups such as the International WELL Building Institute and the Global Wellness Institute, it has be suggested that we can use design to promote wellbeing and human flourishing.

However, is this really the case? While it sounds like a worthy aspiration, can we truly design lifestyles, organisations and buildings that bring out the best in people? To answer this question, we need to understand wellbeing’s underlying nature, because it’s an elusive quality, one that is different for everyone. It’s in constant flux, rising and subsiding, and there is certainly no ‘one size fits all’ solution for it.

This paper explores the complex and multidimensional nature of people and place based wellbeing, and investigates what designers can do to elevate the potential for human flourishing on their projects.

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Reference: Buchanan, A. (2016). Wellbeing Design. Melbourne: Cohere.