Your collaborators’ well-being is not just an issue of having a “healthy mind” or a “healthy body”. It’s also about being at a “healthy building”. 

Feng Shui specialist Sofia Batalha believes there can’t be a healthy mind or body in an unhealthy environment. In Feng Shui “home” is referred to as an “extension of our body”.

Also, Alain De Botton says that the beautiful buildings have the power to perfect us morally and spiritually.

Unhealthy places are the ones we cannot be identified with, such as the “non-places” as Marc Augé defines them, where personal interactions do not take place – airports, stations, gas stations, and supermarkets. But will only the “non-places” be unhealthy”?

This connection with the environment has been registered since the early communities, with constructions that were adapted to the different environments, using locally found resources that enabled the harmony.


With industrialization, the need to adapt construction methods to climate change has progressively been reduced – almost as if nature is now perceived as an “enemy”, which results in a need to re-establish a close relationship with nature.

“Recycle earth’s respect” as Bárbara Vaz puts it “a place where our species is within and not above the ecosystem. We need to understand that every gesture is important”.

A practical and simple example of how a building can change your health is the lighting and the materials, as you can read in the article with the title: Could bad buildings damage your mental health?

A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology says that depression can be linked with artificial light. The study concluded if people sleep in a room with 5 lux was more at risk to develop depression than people who sleep in a complete darkroom. Biologically, human beings are cyclic individuals, wake up with the sunrise and sleep with the sunset, so if you are all the time with artificial light with cell phones, computers, etc, you can’t be cyclic.

The second example is the asbestos cement cover, commonly used in buildings rooftops and extremely dangerous for your human health, mainly by inhalation of the fibers into the air, which causes cancerous diseases. Since June of 2005, the Portuguese government prohibited the use of this material, and the removal of it in the existing buildings should be executed by a specialized company.

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These are only two examples that prove, scientifically, how the surrounding materials affect our health. Now imagine all the rest of the architecture, the radiation of the artificial materials, the chemical component, etc. 

As we talk in our article: How your behaviuor as a leader affect your collaborator’s well-being? 

You, as a leader, have the power of decision regarding enhancing your organisation towards having more sustainable and healthy buildings and spaces. 


We are here to help you on your journey to help you to transform your organisation to become more healthy, sustainable, and conscious. Continue to follow our link in the page and visit us at

Have a great day,

Sofia Caetano

AMARNA Village Sustainable Architecture Coordinator

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