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.
Have you thought about how infectious diseases and urban planning are related? While it’s more common for these health issues to be connected with medical doctors, architects and urban planners can prevent the infectious disease from spreading through simple design changes in housing and urban infrastructure. Read more about how urban planning can play doctor.
After more than a half century of separation, public health issues have returned to the urbanism discussion. But what is a healthy city? In an illuminating interview with Metropolis Magazine, renowned architect and designer Jan Gehl offers his insight from more than 50 years of studying people and the spaces they love. He has found that sustainability and health are intrinsically related and that the cities that best address these issues are those that look at buildings and life simultaneously. They are also designed for people, rather than cars.