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We recently conducted a poll asking people what sense they were most sensitive to between touch and smell. In one group 70% of the voters selected touch. But did you know that our hands are not always reliable thermometers? What appears to be cold or hot may in fact be...

Childhood obesity has become a global public health epidemic, particularly in urban environments. Data from 2015-1016 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 1 in 5 children aged between 6 and 19 in the United States is obese. Due to urban...

Did you know that trees have been on the decline in cities? US Cities are reportedly losing 4 million trees a year. 20 major cities were observed over a number of years and results show an annual 1.5% fall in tree coverage, with New Orleans suffering the biggest tree c...

Ever hesitated to walk alone at any given time during the day? That is the reality for women all over the world. “Poor street design, disparate land use, time constraints, lack of personal safety—all of these conspire to force women off their feet and into cars. We hav...

As most spaces around us are designed for a visual experience, spatial orientation and mobility are compromised for visually impaired persons. With an estimated 253 million people living with visual impairment worldwide, it is disappointing that very few advances have...

When we look around us, it seems that modern architecture has eliminated almost all traces of nature from major cities. Stephen Kellert, former Social Ecologist at Yale, expressed that “The measure of progress in our civilization is not embracing nature, but movin...

With urban sprawl and the rise of new technology we are becoming less and less connected with others and our surroundings, living in physical and virtual bubbles. The ‘The Body of the City’ (Le Corps de la Ville) is a series of short films designed and directed by Nico...

As the design of the workspace is slowly evolving to suit the needs of workers’ physical and mental health, the same focus is needed to develop stimulating and enjoyable learning environments for children. In average children spend almost 7 751 hours at schoo...

Our bodies were not meant for sedentary work, however majority of jobs require you to sit behind a computer screen for long hours each day. Population is not aware of the full extent of the negative impact of sedentary lifestyle on physical and mental health. Swiss-Fre...

Throughout history design has put sitting as the lead priority within a workspace, but how is this affecting our health? Medical research suggests that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to poor health. Armed with this evidence architects at Rietveld Architecture-Art Affor...

Noise is an invisible and often disregarded form of pollution, yet its effects on urban health are quite alarming. After a while living in a busy city, we tend to get accustomed to the blaring sounds of sirens, impatient taxis, drilling and clanking in nearby construct...

Colour is everywhere, it is present in the natural environment as well the man-made built environment - informing our psychology and physiology. Like music, colour serves as a universal form of communication that connects us all. Scientific studies have found that sens...

The smart cities movement is being shaped by innovators such as Italian architecture firm Carlo Ratti Associati, whose founder, Carlo Ratti is also director of MIT Senseable City Lab. He has transformed Agnelli Foundation headquarters into the office space of the...

In the age of digital media, museums around the world are struggling to attract young and socially diverse audiences. Museums are reshaping their architecture to integrate more natural light, contemplation areas between exhibits as ways to combat museum fatigue, and ap...

A recent report from Arup identifies five challenges for children living in urban areas: traffic and pollution; high-rise living and urban sprawl; crime, social fears and risk aversion; isolation and intolerance; and inadequate and unequal access to the city.

These chal...

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