An important open access tool
Orcun and Desmet studied how design can support wellbeing via a case study conducted during the pandemic with young adults and produced a related toolkit which they named “Unravel.” The researchers report that “The current project adopted a humanistic perspective, which starts from the idea that all people have a natural drive for personal growth, and that the ultimate goal of living is to realize one’s full potential—to be all one can fully be (see, Tay & Diener, 2011).
The Center for Health Design is making an interactive diagram available that can be used to develop behavioral and mental health environments. It is available free of charge at https://www.healthdesign.org/tools/interactive-design-diagrams/inpatient-rooms/behavioral-mental-health-room As the linked to website indicates, “Two goals are often at the center of current care models for behavioral and mental health: safety and healing.
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A new version of an ever useful circadian stimulus calculator is available.
The AIA has developed a checklist that can be used to evaluate buildings that might be used as temporary healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video links to the 2018 and 2019 sessions of the Architecture-For-Health lecture series, hosted by Texas A &M University, are now available.
Micromobility services, providing dockless bikes and electric scooters, for instance, abound in cities.
The Fitwel team is making a bibliography of studies that support their program available free of charge at https://fitwel.org/resources .
The US Department of Veterans Affairs reports that it has linked architectural/interior design consistent with the recommendations embedded in its Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist to fewer suicides by inpatients in its mental health units.