Urban Health

An interest in holistic wellness has already been growing in recent years. The global lockdowns, implemented due to the corona crisis, have accelerated the debate on the importance of nature and calming third spaces, particularly in urban areas. As the home has to integrate new functions, from work to homeschooling, an increasing number of city dwellers aims to find moments of quiet in seeking solitude in parks.

Unfortunately, many city councils have limited access to public parks in fear of the virus’ potential spread. Drawing inspiration from Japanese zen-gardens @christprecht from @studioprecht has proposed a solution for a vacant plot in Vienna with ‘Parc de la Distance’. Dense greenery, planted in spiral form, softly guides the visitor. Bringing the concept of ‘forest bathing’ to the city, the lush hedges offer much-needed space to breathe, think and recharge, whilst safeguarding social distancing.

Public spaces for respite will be paramount for the future of urban health. As a new awareness for the link between emotional and physical wellbeing has come to the fore during the pandemic, natural environments within densely populated areas will continue to be cherished even when movement is not restricted anymore.  

Brands offering products and services that support householders in their quest for creating a sanctuary at home will have increasing opportunities to thrive. Helping people to incorporate calming and healthy rituals in their daily routine, will make brands stay of relevance well beyond the corona crisis.

Images courtesy of Precht