UBC Undergraduate Research

Healthy buildings Jones, Dylan


The 21st century presents an ever‐changing landscape to all aspects of health. In the developed world over 85% of people live in urban environments (Turcotte 2006). Urban form shapes the social aspects of our well being such as our sense of home in our neighbourhoods, our level of stress and our opportunities to connect to particular space and place. Our understanding of the phrase 'healthy buildings' is structured by a range of definitions. In the urban paradigm buildings are centres for all human social interactions. Focusing on a micro approach to cities the very buildings humans live in must first be re‐evaluated and design in a way which promotes health. What can planners do to influence the growth of positive social interactions, resulting in the promotion of healing cities? The main reasoning behind the search for a healthy city design is the rapidly declining physical and economic health of our society.

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