The Good Place
As humanity lives in increasingly more dense and urban environments, we are becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world. This is a far cry from the early day of our species beginning 200,000 years ago. These early humans relied on nature for everything. Food, water, shelter and safety, all things that these days are considered human rights. Because of this reliance on nature, our ancestors developed a deep-rooted connection with nature that is still prevalent in people today.
Therein lies the problem. As our cities and urban dwellings have evolved and developed, our instinctual and biological connection with nature has remained. Modern urban environments, however, do not foster and grow our love for nature. It causes a disconnect that has been observed to cause many problems around the mental and physical well-being of the people living and working in these spaces. There is a generally unspoken truth within ourselves that all of us recognise. We are all connected to nature and feel at peace in its presence. In our daily lives, we struggle to escape the urban sprawl which leads to mental health problems, stress-related illnesses, and many others.
The solution to this problem is to bring the outside in. By designing spaces that incorporate and embrace our connection with nature, many of these problems can be remedied. As global populations rise and urban density increases, incorporating natural elements and acknowledging our deep connection with nature will help to encourage people to be inspired and solve many mental and physical problems that are associated with our current way of living.