Case #3: Healing architecture in the landscape – Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality and Bramstrup Estate

Designing healing architecture.


In Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality several partners have launched an initiative focusing on implementing architectural solutions that create a healing effect amongst citizens. The architectural notion is based on, and reflects, a life of harmony and balance. More specifically, the initiative looks at how artistic methods and the merits of local nature can positively contribute towards human health and sensory wellbeing.

How can the region’s spatial qualities inform healing architecture design? How can healing architecture develop to support a sustainable future for human well-being and harmony?

Join a 5-day Innovation-Lab to:

  • get your seat in a multidisciplinary team
  • help solve a real-life urban challenge
  • improve your professional and interdisciplinary skills
  • meet and exchange knowledge with other talents
  • network with professionals and organisations.

Lab Facilitator

This year, the Innovation Labs will be lead by four international professional facilitators from the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), based in Toronto. The IwB employs and trains professionals and postgraduate students from various disciplines. As a top design training and research centre, the IwB is committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary design practice, in order to create innovative local solutions to 21st century global challenges.

Robert Giusti, Faculty, George Brown College and Special Projects Associate, Institute without Boundaries.

Robert has educational and professional experience in design disciplines including architecture, exhibit design, urban planning, and interdisciplinary design strategy. He is actively involved in applied research projects that leverage design thinking tools and methodologies to solve complex problems and generate ideas that push the envelope, stimulate intellect and actively experiment with new ways of thinking.

He has participated in, organised and facilitated international design charrettes in Chile, New York, Chicago and Milan, bringing his knowledge in design research, sustainability and systems thinking to inspire and develop solutions to 21st century global challenges. Robert is also teaching Information and Communication Design at the Interaction Design (IxD) program at George Brown College.

Robert is a certified LEED Green Associate at the U.S. Green Building Council with an expertise in the design and construction phases of green buildings, serving the commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors.

Robert holds a diploma of Architectural Technology and Bachelor of Applied Technology. Finally, he has completed a postgraduate study at the Institute without Boundaries that explored sustainable design and culture through a holistic, systems approach.

Christopher Pandolfi, Principal, Department of Unusual Certainties, Academic Lead, Institute without Boundaries.

Christopher Pandolfi is a designer and educator, based in Toronto, ON. For the past seven years he has been the principal and director of Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC), a Toronto-based creative studio who fuse natural curiosity with strategic thinking to design experiences, spaces and visualizations that engage communities and inspire conversation and action. The studio’s hope is to affect the social good through design of the physical world with its work. Christopher is the Academic Lead and Major Project faculty at the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), a masters program based in Toronto, ON with a focus on using interdisciplinary design methods to create different design outcomes through systems and design thinking. Recently, Christopher has also started teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate progams in Interaction Design at the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College.

Currently his studio is working on a mix of projects that involve the design of public spaces that better integrate storm water management into people’s everyday lives, working on the question “what is the designer’s role in understanding issues around privacy?”, and creating an interactive network to better connect rural residents with the justice system.

Advisory Board

Based on relevant academic or practice-based experiences, an interdisciplinary group of experts is connected to each lab, with the purpose of guiding and inspiring the focus and work of the participants. Advisors will join the lab on-site during 1-3 sessions, where they will give direct feedback on ideas and work in progress, presented by participants.

Erling Hjernø

Erling Hjernø

Cofunder, MeWe Space
Hanne Bat Finke

Hanne Bat Finke

Researcher PHD Student, University of Southern Denmark
Julie Kjær-Madsen

Julie Kjær-Madsen

Owner and Innovation consulant, Loop Company
Simon Møberg Torp

Simon Møberg Torp

Dean at University of Southern Denmark
Hanne Raunsmed

Hanne Raunsmed

Project manager at Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality

Case Partners