WSP and Helen Clark Foundation tackle loneliness in the built environment

An exploration of how the built environment can facilitate more social connection and enhance wellbeing.

WSP has created a thought leadership series, Designing out Loneliness to support the Helen Clark Foundation Alone Together report released earlier this year.

Alone Together took a ground-breaking look at the impact of loneliness on the people and communities of Aotearoa. It was the first report of the partnership between the think tank and professional services consultancy.

Kathy Errington, Helen Clark Foundation Executive Director, says loneliness is a significant challenge for many people.

“The Alone Together report investigated policy approaches to help minimise the negative effects of loneliness. This series from WSP experts explores how planners and designers can positively address this in the built environment.”

The three-part series explores ways loneliness can be designed out of the built environment through the lens of three disciplines:

  • Architecture - Designing loneliness out of student accommodation: Carinnya Feaunati
  • Urban Design and Landscape Architecture - Planning out loneliness: Jack Earl
  • Transport Planning – Designing social connection into our transport system: Risto Jounila  

David Kidd, WSP New Zealand Director of Client Experience and Strategic Advisory, says the built environment plays a significant role in reducing social isolation and loneliness – but achieving positive outcomes requires a new mindset. He is delighted WSP is leaning into the challenges this presents to traditional thinking.

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