When living in a big city, we are faced with stressful events on a daily basis. Things such as traffic, crowds of people and even parking can have a huge effect on how we feel and the state of ones health. This has been such an important subject, that recently the American Institute of Architects (AIS) and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism completed a report paper highlighting the complexity of the issue. The report covers research that so far has been conducted in eight American cities – Atlanta, Houston, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston and New York. Teams of researchers have fanned out in each city to gather data about each city’s major design projects.
With more that half of the world’s population living in urban areas the report focuses on the theory that “massive urbanization can negatively affect human and environmental health in unique ways” and that in many ways, this can be addressed by architects and designers in the way the urban landscape is planned. By focusing on clean air, places to exercise, green open spaces to relax in, light conditions and sustainable buildings, cities are move likely to improve in the health and wellbeing of its residents.