Tuesday 20 February 2018


Acknowledgement of the term “wellness” for a healthy village development environment does not assess residents harmony.

A “Healthy State of Mind” for residents triggers visible and invisible components. To rid anxiety and isolation residents must experience standard settings inside a positive framework.

Exploration of “psychosocial behaviour cues” that provide an antidote to the stress and isolation that community citizens experience in most village environments is essential.

Five “salutogenic design drivers” are prospect and refuge; a sense of coherence; relaxation response; recognition of resident families given to the science of happiness and belonging.

The site plan layout, therefore, must display different types of spaces.

Five carefully yet unseen areas to traverse from and to are – quiet,  communal, casual, interactive, viewpoints and seasonal harbors for shade and shelter.

Further factors that contribute to a positive “psychological state” that are receptive to harmony in a village community are – incorporation of elements that visually reference familiar positive environments; allowing choice and control; reinforcing the level of socialization and finally a biophilic connection to Nature.

The settlement components for the development of a “Healthy Village Environment” must prescribe elements also with much respect for seasonal orientation, to topography, gradients, distance and light. All factors become part of a “Sensitive Healthy” site land plan design.

Graham Kaye-Eddie

m.u.d.             8/19/16           213 words



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