I am here to advance human well-being through architecture. Architects have a core obligation to consider our health and well-being in the design process, given that we spend over 90% of our time indoors and our environment and socioeconomics are the two most influential determinants of our health (above genetics, medical care, or what choices and behaviours we adopt). These two determinants of health are heavily defined by the decisions of architects and urban designers, and my approach is to uncover “collective genius” to support this. This requires every contributor within a project to be collaborative, connected, and authentic and to operate in a high-trust environment.
Seeing people challenge, support, and drive each other to do better, and make a difference through their design work is incredibly inspiring. It’s important to routinely challenge ourselves as to whether we are being good ancestors through our work – our projects serve the future
The thirteen households each have six to seven bedrooms and a carefully crafted home environment. Residents are encouraged to help with cooking, laundry, gardening, or simple tasks like making tea, reinforcing every-day routine – and consequently familiarity, into the village lifestyle.
The CARE Village is an aged care facility located in Ngongotaha, just outside of Rotorua, and as the NZ pioneers of a recently approved care model, is steadily transforming the aged care sector around the country.
Tauranga has an opportunity to map out a vibrant central precinct and redevelop spaces that respond to the evolving needs of the population and the city’s cultural identity. For developers and architects, this is an opportunity to create new spaces that respond to the way people live, work, and play.