The fusion of 2 Viewpoints: societal & individual

Wellbeing is not only the result of a society’s health care system, but is also the product of the interactions between social, environmental, cultural, economic and political systems. Thus in order to achieve wellbeing, a holistic and dynamic approach must be taken in which these systems are connected. However, wellbeing is a state of mind, and is thus perceived and measured differently by different individuals. This means that any model for the achievement of wellbeing must address both societal needs and individual aspirations.

This relationship between a holistic view of wellbeing and an individualistic viewpoint can be paralleled to a musical composition and the relationship between a composer and a listener. A composer may try to write a piece appealing to the general public, but its success will depend on each individual’s perception. This requires both an empathetic composer and an active listener. Thus, in the search for wellbeing, we propose a model which is the fusion of both holistic and individualistic viewpoints.

Universal Composition aims to harmonise these two often discordant viewpoints by proposing a model in which the urban environment is designed in terms of a multitude of senses in space and time. This concept also aims to unite social, political, bureaucratic and economic systems in order to allow the achievement of a multitude of individual aspirations while supporting society as a whole. Through this approach, we hope to compose an environment which is accessible, understandable and fruitful to as many people as possible. Thus we consider wellbeing as a composition and Universal Composition as a means to help produce a synergistic and dynamic model towards its achievement. ​