Together with ConverseArchitects I went on an exciting quest to discover the possibilities for making better and healthier houses. I chose to work with ConverseArchitects since they have a rich history of researching new residential forms, happiness and health.For my research I used a case study that concerns the redevelopment of and old estate in the Netherlands. This case study was designed by ConverseArchitects in coopration with ECHO urban design. The redevelopment of this estate is called Buurtgoed and the principles of this project are inspired by Blue Zones.
Blue Zones are areas in the world where people live statistically longer and healthier lives then elsewhere in the world. By studying the living environment and the behaviour of its residents I hoped to understand the factors that play a key role in the unique demographic stats of these zones.
Research shows that the people in these Blue Zones all share a similar way of living. By moving a lot, having a purpose, belonging to a community and having a special diet the inhabitants of these areas grow significantly older than their counterparts.