Cities of the Future

Nature and Wellness at the Center of Urban Design

We live in a world dominated by climate and sustainability challenges so it’s no surprise that nature and wellness architecture, including resilience to climate change, is one of the hottest trends in building and urban design in 2019. But what exactly is nature and wellness architecture and how is it impacting our cityscapes and the places we call home?

According to the Global Wellness Institute, the ‘well’ trend has organically grown out of the ‘green’ trend, with industry thought leaders challenging designers, architects and urban planners alike to use the example of the incredible designs of nature to help shape the cities in which 55% of us live.

New technologies are emerging around the world that will enable a building to be contructed of materials that clean the air and the windows to capture solar energy. Green building is already a reality, and an R&D focus for Clariant and many other companies.

Sustainable design began in the 1980’s, with a push from the American Institute of Architects to do more to help save the planet, but has evolved from its focus on certifications around water and energy savings to concepts like biophilia.

Clariant Image Blog Cities Of The Future 20190515

“New technology is developing that uses plants connected to computers as monitors for things like daylight and air quality. Some designers are challenging the intersection of architecture with other disciplines, such as microbiology or horticulture, to literally ‘grow’ buildings or graph tree cells onto a framework to create a living structure.,” explains architect Veronica Schreibeis Smith, founder and CEP of Vera Iconica Architecture and a speaker at the DesignWell conference in San Diego in January.

These sustainability features not only help the environment but provide healthier spaces for people, highlighting what wellness architecture is all about. As with indoor design trends, urban design and architecture is now about materials and not materialism and those working in the field are transitioning into this thinking at the same time as their customers.

Designers, architects, producers and consumers – we are all on a learning journey together, and it’s expanding beyond sustainability. Of course, sustainable materials remain a priority for professionals but it’s no longer enough to just be LEED certified, for example. There is a shift towards looking at wellness as a whole and this includes wall coatings to floors to the structure of buildings with a focus on healthy materials that harm neither people or the planet.

As we look to the future it’s clear that the nature and wellness trend in urban design and architecture is not going away. According to the Global Wellness Institute’s 2018 industry report wellness buildings are a $134-billion industry. Whilst that is still less than half the size of the green building industry and makes up only a fraction (2%) of the global construction industry as a whole, it’s growing at almost 10% a year, prompting the institute to predict that in the next several decades, shaping our urban landscapes for human wellness will become the default approach and not simply a hot annual trend.

Clariant Image Blog Computer Cities Of The Future 20190515

We’re part of a new movement in home and community design and it’s creating powerful opportunities in innovation, research and materials. The future of the urban city is not only about sustainability but immersive wellness.

Clariant has long been at the forefront of industry sustainability, driving to develop healthy materials such as new Hostavin 3315 DISP, Hostavin 3070 DISP and Exolit AP 435 that all carry the Clariant EcoTain label, in line with growing consumer awarness of environmental and wellness issues.

Access detailed information on the technical performance of Dispersogen PLF 100, Hostavin 3315 DISP, new generation Pigments and flame retardants Exolit 855, Exolit AP 435, and Exolit AP 468 (TP). Check out videos of Exolit 855, Exolit AP 435 and Exolit AP 468 (AP) here.

Stefanie Nehlsen
Stefanie Nehlsen
Global Trade Media Relations
+41 61 469 63 63


  • ECS 2019

    At Clariant we are strongly dedicated to continuously improving our paints and coatings portfolio. Our manifold products and solutions are directly shaped by our passion to always optimize and innovate. We hope to see you in Nuremberg booth 7-123, hall 7. Stay tuned for further updates. 追加情報


Eメールアドレス *



Contact Us
Contact Us
Online Communications Team
この情報は、当社の現在の知識に基づくものであり、製品および考えられる用途の概要として提供されています。クラリアントは、明示または黙示を問わず、情報の正確性、妥当性、充足性、欠陥が無いことを保証しません。この情報の使用に関して、当社は一切の責任を負いかねます。当該製品の使用者は全て、それぞれ特定の用途に関して、クラリアントの製品の適合性を各自で判断する責任があります。<br />
<br />
*この情報に含まれるいかなる内容も、書面による別段の同意がある場合を除き、それを支配する「クラリアント販売取引約款」のいかなる条項の適用除外にはなりません。既存の知的/産業財産権は遵守しなければなりません。当社の製品、また適用される国内および国際的な規制や法律において起こり得る変更のため、製品の状況が変更になる可能性があります。製品安全性データシートは安全上の注意事項を示しており、クラリアント製品の取扱いと保存に際して準拠しなければなりません。データシートは希望に応じて入手可能であり、適用法に従って提供されます。これらの製品のいずれかを取り扱う場合は、該当する製品の安全性データシートの情報を事前に入手し、確認してください。詳しい情報については、クラリアントまでお問い合わせください。<br />
<br />
*米国およびカナダ国内に所在する顧客への販売については、下記事項が追加で適用されます。明示または黙示を問わず、商品性、適切性、特定の目的に対する適合性あるいは、いかなる製品またはサービスも保証しません。<br />
<br />
クラリアントの商標は、多くの国で登録されています。<br />
® 2019 Clariant International Ltd