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Preview of the reports - Cornell University

It's time to have a look on another innovative solution towards more sustainable future of the industry.

This time we will dive into Cornell University and their ideas for Dimension 2 - Future Real Estate.

By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world will be living in areas with high population density and infrastructure. Rapid technological advances will make it impossible for people to disconnect from screens to take care of themselves physically, but even more so mentally.

Urbanization has numerous negative socio-economic consequences, leading to significant inequalities. The adverse impact of urbanization exacerbates public health concerns and affects the earth’s natural systems. Furthermore, the cost of coping is high in overcrowded, urban environments. This can take a significant toll on one’s health, leading to anxiety, poor nutrition, compromised immune systems, and PTSD. While cities have many multifaceted functions, they are also the breeding ground for environmental hazards and disease.

These overloaded urban lifestyles will facilitate a search for retreat in the midst of chaos. City dwellers can temporarily remove themselves from these anxious environments and find peace. This is an easily accessible site where individuals support their mental and physical health and recalibrate their work-life balance. Therefore, we are proposing the Urban Resort.

The Urban Resort of 2050 will be a space with a sense of community, well-being, and health for its users. These developments would further work towards correcting environmental missteps of the past by focusing on cleaning up and developing Superfund Sites. It will contain innovative advancements in architecture and interior design to create a true oasis in a bustling urban environment. With the help of biometric technology such as virtual reality and health trackers, the Urban Resort will emulate nature, mimicking organic views, sounds, and materials. This facilitates comfortable buildings that are resource efficient.

By implementing theories of environmental psychology, the Urban Resort goes beyond simple ‘good design.’ Creating spaces that directly improves the health of guests has guided this Urban Resort’s concept. It aims to be a catalyst of its neighborhood and environmental enhancement. The Urban Resort will implement net positive energy, scenic window views, co-op style F&B, minimalist lighting, fresh air, community, noise reduction, courtyards, and human-centered wayfinding. These characteristics draw on ancient and modern wisdom, creating carefully crafted, healthier retreats. Users will feel a sense of sanctuary by living harmoniously with the environment. Furthermore, eco- design helps the Urban Resort reduce off-gassing, maintain a cost-effective operation, and produce more energy than it uses.

Wellness architecture has endless benefits for both the user and the planet, promoting diverse and active design features. By using design to set these examples, the Urban Resort makes incremental progress for the wellness of society as a whole.

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