06 Feb Wellbeing & Regeneration
It’s time to redefine sustainable design; from ‘doing less harm’, to being a ‘force for good’.
Cohere was founded in 2014 because of a growing need for better approaches to sustainability. Sadly, today, Ecologically Sustainable Design tends to overly focus on opportunities to be ‘less bad’, rather than on how design can make valuable contributions to society, business and the planet. Looking forward, we believe the time is right for a better way.
Our New Consulting Services
In support of redefining sustainable design, Cohere is pleased to announce two new design services. They have been specifically developed for organisations and communities who believe in focusing on what they want, rather than what they want to avoid:
Creating the space – physically, psychologically and ecologically – for people and place-based health and vitality.
Fostering high-quality, mutually beneficial partnerships between people and place through living architecture.
Our new services represent an evolution in design thinking, and can directly replace a traditional sustainable design consulting appointment. They are applicable to project’s big and small, and our people have experiences working across a broad range of sectors.
Shifting the Design Mindset
In order to be able to provide this evolution in services, it is vital that we also redefine the way we think about design. Rather than treating wellbeing and regeneration as a technical challenge (as is traditionally done), it is essential that we use more sophisticated methods that address their inherent adaptive nature.
While technical problems can be solved with expertise, checklists and rating tools, adaptive opportunities such as wellbeing and regeneration require a more integrated, whole system view of design. This includes addressing the mindsets, cultures and systemic influences that underlie the everyday use of technology. Therefore, Wellbeing and Regenerative Design is not so much about the physical design (e.g. a building), as it is about creating generous ‘space’ for the necessary relationships between people and place.
Whole system design approaches are changing what is possible in sustainability. They inspire transformation, and enable organisations and communities to authentically develop their unique potential. They can even work out to be easier and less expensive than traditional approaches. Therefore, making the shift towards a whole system view of design make’s a whole lot of sense; on a personal level, on a business level and on a planetary level.