Insight from the latest ASID Trends Outlook puts a spotlight on the rising demand for people-first places
Submitted by International WELL Building Institute
By Yan Tai
In predictions for the new year, many experts and groups are pointing to health and equity as two major focus areas of 2023. And there’s lots of corroborating data supporting those predictions — such as poll data showing 63% of Americans prioritize health over career, traveling, dining out and education, and 60% of American workers consider diversity, equity and inclusion as a critical factor in their company’s ability to drive success. Each figure is illustrative of the rising value we place on health and equity in 2023 and beyond.
Indeed, both of these themes – health and equity – also showed up prominently in the 2023 Trends Outlook, which was released this month by the American Society of Interior Design (ASID). The design profession has long taken notice of the need for healthier and more inclusive places, and the report highlights several of these related trends, including:
While sustainability and aesthetics also continue to be important design factors, according to the report, the pandemic has crystalized health and equity as top priorities in both commercial and residential design.
“The more insight we gain about the needs of the populations we are designing for, the better we can balance the design approaches to bring about positive impact on people’s mind and body,” said Dr. Angelita Scott, who was a guest speaker at ASID’s event to release the report. Scott, an interior designer by training, leads the WELL Community Concept for the WELL Building Standard at IWBI and served as a principal architect in the development of IWBI’s recently launched WELL Equity Rating. “This report is another reminder of the incredible role that design professionals play and how they can help support physical, mental and social health outcomes through inclusive and equitable design.”
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