Designing happiness is in our nature

11.23 — Open Air Culture

The fifth neuroscientific research by Pratic called “My Dream House has once again set itself an ambitious goal for those who aim at designing the living spaces of future.

According to the neurosciences, the houses that can make us happiest are those we have imagined (and designed) when we were children: surrounded by nature, without any interruption between the indoors and the outdoors and made of eco-friendly materials.  

More simply, a new version of the daydreamed “tree house”, an ancestral archetype of the homo sapiens, that after millennials of continuous evolution keeps on meeting the needs of well-being dictated by the human brain.

This was revealed by the children’s drawings, telling a reality ‘truer than truth’. When children draw their dream house, they indicate the guidelines of an ideal design, of a future that man has always dreamed of.

The study has been carried out by Pratic with a team of academics led by Prof. Stefano Calabrese, narratologist of the IULM University of Milan, together with Dr. Ludovica Broglia of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in cooperation with Dr. Michele Campanini and Dr. Angela Borrillo, coordinators of Officina Educativa of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

Two hundred “dream houses” have been drawn up by children and kids aged between 3 and 14, from November 2022 to May 2023 involving the provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia. The resulting models speak extraordinarily clearly of innate human needs and desires, which no one renounces or would like to renounce, keeping on searching for them even unconsciously.

The neuroscientific research ‘My Dream House’ is available for free by clicking here.

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