The future of work is being defined by the combination of creative human and a powerful machine. Whilst much focus has been placed on the machine over the past 50 years, we must understand how to embellish the human elements of work such as creativity, collaboration, and ideation. These characteristics are not linear cognitive processes, they are abstract and success often comes as a result of a well-balanced life of wellness and good workplace management.
However, a key blocker to this relationship working is when a person’s biological system is fatigued by stress. Aside from building design our work has led us to understand that urban systems and city areas are causing types of stress that we must take into account in optimising people’s health and performance. Bringing together environmental and urban data of cities we demonstrate through our software, on a hyper local basis, that some areas more than others in cities possess higher levels of stress, such as air and noise pollution.
As cities urbanise further and climate change challenges the small day to day elements of life in cities, the greater we can understand the risks, the greater we can plan for a more successful future.
The scientific field of neuroscience offers a lens to better understand the cognitive tasks related to the future of work and how their biological underpinnings are affected by these stressors. The result is to identify risks early on in projects to help create resilient real estate from a human perspective by making asset management, material, technology and culture decisions. Thus, creating a place that is responding to the challenges of urban life and supporting people’s inherent needs to excel at what they do healthily in life.
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