In a world where we spend the majority of our lives surrounded by buildings, the impact of architecture on our well-being often goes unnoticed. But what if I told you that the buildings you encounter every day could be affecting your health, both physically and mentally? This article uncovers how ugly architecture may be silently undermining your health, while the beauty in design could be your secret to a longer, healthier life. Prepare to see the structures around you in an entirely new light.
During the 1970s, the couple Rachel and Stephen Kaplan conducted research on how wilderness experiences in the state of Michigan, USA, affected a group of individuals. They found that natural environments are particularly rich in the characteristics necessary for restorative experiences. Time spent in nature can provide mental relaxation, rejuvenation, and recovery. According to their theory, people concentrate better after spending time in nature or even looking at scenes of nature.
The aesthetics of our surroundings actually have a direct impact on both our physical and mental health. In 2005, Cecilia Svensson and Linda Johansson from Blekinge Technical University reviewed several studies on the subject. They found that patients in hospitals recover more quickly if their environment includes details such as colors and shapes.