UBC Graduate Research

Urban Rooms Parsian, Mina


The relationship between the built environment, healthy living, people’s behaviour and health status is complex. Even so, cities and communities can be designed and built to set people up for success so that healthy choices are the easier choices. Studies suggest that green spaces are linked to a variety of health benefits including lower risk for premature death. Ties to the land, water, family, community and identity, as well as a holistic, interconnected view of health and well-being are important components of an integrated design project that can provide insight into healthy communities and building’s design. This project is to address housing and social connectedness while focusing on health and wellbeing of intergenerational urban communities. Reintroducing the most affected generations by housing affordability and social connectedness in Vancouver – seniors and young families – suggests a new kind of intergenerational urban family. In every community there is this need to integrate different generations, so the community can be whole. There is an unmet and growing market demand to live in complete, compact, and connected communities. Such communities are necessary to meet environmental, economic, and social planning objectives. This project aims to create a variety of different shared spaces with a range of unique qualities that promote different interactions between generations and increase social connectedness. This thesis project proposes a dynamic urban space typology addressing social connectivity through shared and transition spaces taxonomy. This strategy aims to put shared spaces and their social implications first, to encourage different scales of shared space, connectivity, social interaction, and to establish a sense of community.

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