Health and planning: history and trends
From the reorganization of cities to host sewage systems and combat epidemics to the proliferation of parks and bike lanes, health has shaped space and is a pillar of urban planning history.
Since the 2000s, the quest to create a more sustainable environment has become a key focus in the practice, driven by a global craze for environmental certifications. LEED®, BREEAM®, HQE™ and many other acronyms have invaded architectural and urban planning projects and professional signatures.
These systems rely on frequent updating of standards, pushing practices further and further towards minimizing their environmental impact.Today, the primary goal has been achieved and certifications are evolving towards buildings and neighbourhoods that not only minimize their negative effects, but also create a positive impact of the broader community.
In this context, the health and well-being of occupants and users is becoming increasingly important. As a testament to this new era, the WELL™ system was born in 2014. Based on years of scientific research, WELL™ has highlighted the magnitude of the built environment’s impact on health and paved the way for new certifications. Among them is Fitwel® Community, of which the redesign of the CBC headquarters in Montreal (Quartier des lumières), in which BC2 is involved, is a pilot project.