At CoT, we’ve previously written about the health benefits of urban greenery, but could beautiful architecture have a similar effect? Researchers from the University of Warwick recently completed a study suggesting an attractive perspective, be it built or natural, has positive health effects. Strikingly, the crowdsourced results showed that photos garnering the best response often focused on built form, rather than nature. High quality citymaking, just what the doctor ordered?
Doctor’s are becoming more aware of the health benefits of urban nature, some are even prescribing time in green spaces for patients. We’ve written about this before, and now, CityLab has compiled a thorough review of the identified mental and physical health benefits resulting from exposure to urban nature. It seems that the future of health care… is green.
The City of Tel Aviv has taken the first steps to create a 60 acre park over a downtown segment of Israel’s busiest highway. The project, which is expected to be financed through increased building rights in the park’s vicinity, aims to breath new life into an area divided by a highway, without affecting mobility. As land prices in urban centres around the world rise, expect more projects like this.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of exposure to greenspace, for health, productivity and more. But as the lines between work and pleasure become increasingly blurred, is there also room to blur nature and workspaces? TreeXOffice at the London Festival of Architecture is aiming to just that. Read more about the office of the future.