National Wellbeing Framework White Paper

Atelier Ten and Blix Architecture have come together to present an important White Paper. Authored by Atelier Ten Associate Stewart Monti and Georgina Blix from Blix Architecture, this paper examines the relationship between the Australian Government’s National Wellbeing Framework and the fields of architecture and urban design.

This White Paper delves deep into the significance of the National Wellbeing Framework for the built environment. It aims to highlight how architects and urban planners can play a pivotal role in enhancing community wellbeing through thoughtful design. The paper serves as a guide for integrating wellbeing into every aspect of urban and architectural planning.

The paper argues that the design of our buildings and cities is essential for achieving the wellbeing goals outlined in the Framework. It presents insightful approaches for incorporating wellbeing into the planning and development of urban spaces. The insights emphasise the importance of considering social factors alongside environmental sustainability in design decisions.

The Framework is seen as a potential driver for a new kind of sustainable urban design, one that places equal importance on environmental health and the wellbeing of the community. The paper encourages a shift in perspective among design professionals, advocating for the inclusion of wellbeing as a core component of sustainability.

Professionals in architecture and urban design are encouraged to embrace and apply the principles from the Framework in their work. The paper calls for a proactive approach in using these guidelines to create healthier, more resilient communities.

The White Paper aims to spark a shift in urban design thinking, prioritising both sustainability and wellbeing to create better living environments. It’s a step towards building cities and spaces that are not only environmentally sound but also nurturing and beneficial for their inhabitants.