Buildings, places and spaces can have a huge impact on our mental and physical health and wellbeing. Having a view of nature can help us to heal, and green buildings with roof gardens or green walls of plants can clear pollution and toxins from the air. Large outdoor spaces without pathways, benches or shade can actually discourage us from exercising in nature, where wide pavements allow room for pedestrians, joggers and pushchairs. Allowing and encouraging children to feel safe playing outside away from cars is important for their physical health, and it activates their imagination which is a key factor in strong mental health. Limiting inclusion or mobility can have a significant impact on wellbeing, especially in older populations.
Can the design of hospitals help patients to recover more quickly, at the same time as preventing other bacterias and viruses that spread through wards? Are sick buildings a real thing, and how can we limit the harm done to anyone who lives or works in one? When streets are closed to cars, what do individuals and communities do with their newfound space?
Health and wellbeing clients can include building owners, healthcare providers like the NHS, developers of managed care accommodation and local communities. Roles in health and wellbeing include Design Management, Building Information Modeling and Urban Design, and you’ll find out more about these during your work experience. By completing this module you will start to develop some of the skills needed for these roles and develop a clearer picture of whether this area of construction is right for you.
In this virtual work experience theme you’ll be looking at Accessible Design, Primary Care and Outdoor Play. You should plan to spend about 45 minutes to an hour on each topic. When you have finished all the tasks, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can use on your CV.
Pick your first topic to get started and get a task briefing from your supervisor.