Designing for Shared Living: Happiness & Wellbeing
What makes us happy? How do we ensure our lives have purpose and meaning? And how do we design the spaces we inhabit to help us lead healthier and more fulfilling lives?
The fourth in our series of events about Shared Living will explore how shared spaces can improve people’s psychological and emotional well-being—and in doing so, encourage them to interact more with others, share more, eat well, stay healthy and live more sustainable lives, for as long as possible. It will also explore how shared living could provide the solution to some of the biggest problems in urban environments—social isolation and loneliness.
Michael Birkjær works as an analyst at the Happiness Research Institute and specializes in topics such as social progress, causes of well-being inequality and quantitative research designs. Michael has a personal and professional interest in how indicators of subjective well-being can guide public policy. In his talk, Michael will present how the loneliness epidemic is directly linked to the decrease in happiness that occurs in several western countries and addresses the most likely causes of this issue. Finally, he will look at how living solutions such a shared living can address these problems.
Grace Kim is a founding principal of Schemata Workshop and began her architectural career in Chicago before returning home to Seattle. Grace is the author of The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development, and in 2008, she was a recipient of the National AIA Young Architect Award. Grace spoke in Vancouver at TED 2017 on the topic of cohousing.
For four years, Grace served on the board of the Cohousing Association of the US. Grace is frequently presenting at national conferences on the topics of mentorship, Cohousing, and alternative housing models for seniors and those with disabilities.
Itai is a practicing architect and researcher focusing on designing with the human experience in mind.
He is Director of Studio Hume, a scientifically informed architecture and urban design practice backed by research at its Human Metrics Lab. Hume provides a full service from concept to post-occupancy using a unique methodology centered around the human outputs of the built environment.
In 2015, Itai founded the Conscious Cities movement; a new field of research and practice for building people-centric environments that are aware and responsive using data analysis, AI, tech, and cognitive science in design. He is a recipient of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture’s HAY Grant Award for his ongoing collaboration with leading figures in the brain sciences. A fellow at The Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, he has edited its inaugural journal, and also contributed to a number of international publications such as The Guardian.
Itai is an alumnus of The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and has worked alongside the late visionary architect Jan Kaplicky at Future System on projects such as the Ferrari Museum in Modena. Working internationally on architecture and urbanism projects, Itai carries out design and thought leadership roles in bodies such as Harvard, Brookings Institution, and Urban Thinkscape.