What is Conscious Design?

Conscious design includes places, spaces and objects that have an awareness of, and responsibility towards their users. The concept emerged out of the Conscious Cities Manifesto which advocates for the integration of technology and science-informed design, taking insights from psychology and neuroscience to create a healthier, more inclusive, and democratic built environment.

What is The Centre for Conscious Design?

The Centre for Conscious Design (CCD) is a think tank focused on using design to address urban issues facing society today and in the future. We see the continued urbanisation of the world population presenting both challenges and opportunities to building an environment that improves health, wellbeing, equity, and productivity.

What is the relationship of the centre to the Conscious Cities movement?

The centre emerged out of the Conscious Cities movement. The CCD will continue to work towards the goals of the movement, to enrich the debate within it and contribute to its body of work. We believe that as a movement, Conscious Cities should stay open to anyone wishing to engage in related research and practice. Anyone can organise Conscious Cities events or publications and we will do our best to support that work if invited to do so.


  • To raise awareness of how people are shaped and affected by our built environment.
  • Publish resources and produce events that support a science-informed, socially conscious approach to architecture and urban design.
  • Advocating for the prioritisation of human-centred decision making in architecture and urban design.
  • Bring foresight to the development of conscious (aware and sentient) architecture and urban design.


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