Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine
James Taylor-Foster, ArchDaily
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism has produced a new report examining urban health in eight of the USA’s largest cities, which has been translated into a collection of meaningful findings for architects, designers, and urban planners. With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas – a statistic which is projected to grow to 70% by 2050 – the report hinges around the theory that “massive urbanization can negatively affect human and environmental health in unique ways” and that, in many cases, these affects can be addressed by architects and designers by the way we create within and build upon our cities.
The report focuses on how to make cities liveable by designing for the future, whatever that might be. Clean air, places to run, green open space, light conditions, and sustainable practices of how we build are all key to understanding how to implement that in day to day practice.
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