The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - 10

Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka, in Memory of Helen Keller
PHOTO BY TAKAHIRO HAYASHI IS LICENSED UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

Our mental state is deeply affected by our physical environment. We're already hearing stories of people who go
absolutely crazy secluding themselves in condos the size of
a shoebox. I would too if that were me. This is not the kind
of discomfort we should be looking for. I'd even argue that in
difficult, stressful times, this type of discomfort is the last
thing we should be seeking, as our already-taxed physiology
needs all the rest it can get to successfully manage these
troubled times. Managing stress becomes a survival skill in
a pandemic.
Ironically, I think that if our living environments were more
thoughtfully designed and appropriately challenging, like the
Reversible Destiny lofts, their physically demanding nature
would stimulate us in all kinds of interesting ways, perhaps
nudging us to be more active.
It seems that the ideal may lie somewhere in the middle:
environments that fulfill our basic needs with lots of natural
light, greenery, and fresh air, while stimulating us physically
and mentally to push ourselves just outside of our comfort
zone, keeping us alert and in good health, with a stronger
immune system and lower stress levels.
One thing is sure, this is a tremendous opportunity to rethink
the way we live and invent new ways to tackle living challenges
from a holistic health perspective. Instead of maximizing
floor-plate efficiency at the expense of the inhabitants' health,
we really ought to design things the other way around.
ARNAUD MARTHOURET is a creative storyteller based in Toronto who
photographs, thinks and writes about architecture a little too much.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020

Discomfort
Index to Advertisers
Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Intro
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover1
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover2
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - 3
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Discomfort
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Index to Advertisers
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover3
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover4
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - divider1
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