The Future Forum_Wellbeing by Design forum will take place in Adelaide next month, addressing subjects that include Office designs that enhance mental health outcomes, socially guided residential developments, bedroom lighting that enhances sleep, and air filtration systems that ease asthma symptoms.

The event series is intended to inspire discussion regarding the future of design in connection with health and wellbeing. Future Forum creator Dino Vrynios, an architect, says that good design in all buildings can be an asset to public health—not just healthcare facilities. He points out that well being represents a multifaceted network of physical, mental, emotional and social factors that inspire health and happiness.

Keynote speakers Gabrielle Kelly, founding director of the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre and Flinders University’s professor Alison Kitson will deliver their speeches before being joined in a panel discussion by Julianne Parkinson (CEO of the Global Centre for Modern Ageing), Rosina Di Maria (Woods Bagot principal) and commercial and general executive director Simon Toovey.

Toovey believes that traditional building design focuses on using space and maximising productivity without due consideration to the health of building users. Yet recent design innovations can enhance wellbeing through novel approaches to lighting, air, water and data management.

He sees the forum as an expansive and important approach to guarantee the development of living and working spaces that improve lives.

The Future Forum_Wellbeing by Design event will take place at MOD, Adelaide, on Friday September 20, 2019. Tickets are available here.