Raven & Wood is a design and research agency with a mission to improve human health by means of integrative spatial design. We work with leaders and decision-makers to enable them to enhance human health and thrive in private and public organizations and in their respective reference groups.

Healthcare costs are on the rise as we live longer than ever, and are more overweight and depressed than ever. Reasons for the health issues are by far less individual and more environmental than are often thought of. We approach built human environments from perspective of human health and thrive.
    In the near future, a technology-driven societal paradigm shift will radically affect our lives from healthcare and transportation to work and construction. In contrast, our brain is still wired to survive in the stone age. We bring these opposing elements together into built environments that both support our ancient brain and embrace the technological evolution. 




Research


Health is connectedness, thrive, creativity, productivity, decreased medical costs and increased social and financial capital. To design for healthy environments of the future, we need to think about tomorrow's health, technologies, material flows and policy-making today. 

Analysis


In the world of increasingly scarce material resources, it is crucial to scrutinize and work on what already exists. To increase immaterial resources, it is equally essential to probe into our needs, challenges, dreams and visions. This introspective analysis is a beginning of a transformation. 

Design


Health is a long-term investment. To design for the investment is to create affordances of thrive. The affordances empower individuals and enable social encounters. They facilitate sense of freedom and safety, nurture both physically and mentally, and transmit respect and care.

Implementation


High quality is respect towards the users of the spaces and towards others in a team. Working with local suppliers and experts, using socially and environmentally sustainable materials and products, and sourcing vintage and reused when possible make the foundation of our work. •

UPCOMING
Postphenomenology of space Lecture. In Finnish.
September 12, 2018 at 16.00.
Habitare Pro , Helsinki, Finland.


Detecting and measuring physical, cognitive and emotional experience and its impacts in the brain and body significantly changes how health impact of spaces is perceived.
Developing research technologies increasingly enable measuring these experiences.
    How can this affect the architecture or interior design practice? The lecture proposes a postphenomenological approach to architecture and spatial design and opens the topic up to conversation through practical cases.
Home, space and mental well-being Lecture. In Finnish.
September 14, 2018 at 16.00.
Habitare , Helsinki, Finland.


Connectedness to ourselves, others, environment, time and energy can be observed as essential elements of physical, psychological and emotional well-being. A home connects its inhabitants to themselves through dreams, memories, past, present and future.  
It reflects and supports our lifestyle, and connects us to the others living in the household, to the neighbors, to the environment, and to time.
    The lecture provides practical examples on how a home enhances well-being of its inhabitants through sense of togetherness, belonging and presence, and how it is possible for the inhabitant or a designer to improve experience of connectedness. •


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