The best thing built environments can do is to establish faith in the future. A good environment can cultivate this idea both in a personal, emotional level, as well as cognitively, universally.
Most modern spaces, in their infinite effectivity and order, communicate a sense of inevitability, that only invokes lack of engagement. What people should have in their daily world instead is an invitation, a possibility to be involved. You can only be moved when you are (somehow) connected.
Material and shape evoke a sensation of space. Space evokes an idea of action. Action evokes the notion of effect.