Designing Behaviours For Well-Being Spaces: How disruptive approaches can improve living conditions


Annalisa Dominoni (ed)
Francesco Scullica (ed)


Spaces and their views are changing. The perception of physical and mental well-being is also shifting, especially because of the pandemic. We are experiencing a transitional time where new needs and requirements emerge, affecting human behaviour and the space definition at macro and micro level. New dynamics and perceptions are recognized, leading architects and designers to focus on studying and applying innovative methods.
The book explores the radical transformation of living and working spaces, in which the hybridization of interior and exterior requires a new vision able to interpreter renewed people’s behaviours and needs, a challenging issue for the design discipline that has a multidisciplinary nature as well as a multiscale approach for both research and practice.
Many examples today demonstrate the importance of the therapeutic contribution of architecture and design, to redevelop places of hospitality and care, and create environments in which there is a deep harmony of space, light, and beauty. The interest in research concerning the quality of life has also increased a lot of studies on the complex question of the environmental perception and the importance of natural stimuli for health in interiors, in which the physiological effects of light and colour are fundamental to balance the of human beings’ equilibrium.
In the book we present testimonies of international researchers and designers who propose disruptive scenarios and methodologies to improve wellbeing and mental health conditions overall life quality at urban and personal living level through several examples: the city and the relations with the environment, commercial and hospitality areas, personal spaces, as well as outer space, in microgravity and confined environment, where the astronauts’ experience living in confined environments can be compared to the domestic space and office interiors.
Our ambition is to re-launch an aesthetic, sustainable, design-based approach to improve dwelling conditions, trying to implement care into different well-being dimensions – mental, physical, social, and global – looking at the new people’s behaviours, or even, generating new behaviours, through design.


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Author Biographies

Annalisa Dominoni

Architect, designer, PhD in Industrial Design. She leads research and teaching activities at Politecnico di Milano in the field of Design. Through her design research and scientific publications, she has been responsible for affirming the role of Design for Outer Space. Principal Investigator of the experiments VEST and GOAL led with astronauts onboard the International Space Station. In 2016 she creates and directs Space4InspirAction, the 1st and unique MSc course in Space architecture and design recognized and supported by the European Space Agency. She is Visiting Professor in many prestigious universities and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including ADI Premio Compasso d’Oro.

Francesco Scullica

He is architect, PhD in Forniture Design and Interior Architecture, and Full Professor in Industrial Design at Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. He leads the Interior and Spatial Design program at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano and he is the scientific director of post graduate masters and courses on interior design. He carries out research, teaching (in Italy and abroad), consulting activities as well as many scientific publications in the field of interior design, focusing especially on hospitality and accessibility. Italian Design Ambassador in the frame of Italian Design Day 2018-2019-2020-2022.


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February 25, 2022

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