Rooted in the mandate for a new structure model, it became apparent that the practical and operational aspects needed a wider approach. Over the last several years the IFI has continuously reached back to the mission and vision of IFI and its evolving role as the “UN of Interiors”.
Today, a major shift is occurring, as we prime organizations and individuals alike for added success with the launch of refreshed advocacy platforms for the future. Those platforms are:
Health & Wellbeing
IFI seeks to foster research and teaching on the multiple aspects of health and wellbeing in the built environment. Our goal is to understand the determinants of health and wellbeing, and the role that design advocacy plays in shaping the quality of people's lives.
IFI’s stewardship is to influence ethical and socially responsible development: to plan and design sustainable, resilient, carbon-neutral and healthy built environments that protect and enhance natural resources and wildlife habitats, provide clean air and water, generate on-site renewable energy, and advance more livable buildings and communities.
IFI proposes that environments create better places, affect society, influence social conditions, and make a community more livable by contributing positively to our social fabric and improving quality of life.
IFI stands to contribute to the concept of resiliency in public discourse by looking (research, advocate) at an array of risks that face our built environment identified through the lens of sustainable development, disaster planning and climate change.
Universal Design (UD), or Inclusive Design is “design for all people”. It seeks to create an environment with the widest possible use, addressing the needs for all age groups and people of different abilities including temporary disability. The move towards UD has developed due to the expanding aging population with varying degree of abilities, their demands for recognition and desire for independent living.
IFI seeks to assist to increase the built environment’s overall value over its lifetime. It is wise, therefore to fully understand the power of good design as it provides a real opportunity to reduce the ultimate cost of any built environmental project through long term efficiency and viability, and also to generate real value across all aspects of society.
As we start this exciting new board term, it is my hope that you will continue to send comments, ideas, and insight so that I, along with the Executive Board, can best serve our growing global community.