it is about building projects for the XXI century; it is about building projects for today.
When we design spaces, we must focus on the needs of users to provide them with a better quality of life by improving comfort, well-being, performance, safety, and health. Next, we need to understand how humans relate to the world around us and how people interact with other people, with objects, in the workplace, at home, and in other settings generally.
The singularities of different cultures, gender, age, environmental considerations, human-environmental processes, interpersonal relationships, etc... are crucial ingredients for designing our spaces.
Our job is to deal with, negotiate and balance the relationships between people, human emotions, physical limitations, environmental problems, and the new complex framework in which we live.
New technologies offer an unlimited inventory of new products with unprecedented capabilities: stronger, lighter, more durable, more flexible, more visually interesting, more integrated, more efficient; intelligent products and systems inherent to our way of living that make our spaces smarter by design; smart materials that provide benefits such as waste reduction, solar control, lighting enhancement, etc. But it will be up to us, also through design, to create, at the same time, more humane spaces.
Over the last decade, awareness of the impact of the built environment on people's health and well-being has grown. The health of a building's occupants is highly influenced by the building's design: light, heat, sound, and air quality are all affected by internal systems. Physical and psychological health is considered important for moral and economic reasons. Therefore, the built environment must be related to proper interior conditions, such as good visual perception, comfort, accurate performance of building systems, a proper balance between daylight and artificial light, composition, character, sense of orientation, sense of spatial depth, and distribution, shadows and so on.
Bearing in mind that most people spend a large part of their lives indoors, it is no longer possible to ignore the role that Architecture and Interior Design play in promoting or deteriorating people's health and quality of life.
We need to know how to balance all these requirements and guidelines taking into account the emotional, psychological, and aesthetic needs of the user.