McCay reports on ways that urban design can support mental health. As she details “There are four key areas of opportunity for urban planners and designers. . . . . Accessibility to green places in the course of people’s daily routines. . . . activity is one of the most important design opportunities for mental health [so providing opportunities to be active are recommended]. . . . Mental health is closely associated with strong social connections and social capital. . . .
Research Design Connections
A press release from the University of Iowa indicates it is important to provide street crossing aids, such as lights that signal pedestrians when it is safe to cross, at locations where children under 14 are likely to need to move from one side of a street to the other. Researchers determined that “children under certain ages lack the perceptual judgment and motor skills to cross a busy road consistently without putting themselves in danger.” In a realistic simulated environment “Children up to their early teenage years had difficulty consistently crossing the street safely, with acciden
Biedenweg, Scott, and Scott’s research indicates how important it is for everyone to have regular access to nature, whether they live in a city or not. The team determined after analyzing the responses of thousands of people to survey questions that “Psychological benefits from time spent in the outdoors, Outdoor recreational activities, Environmentally related social and cultural events, and Sense of place had significant, positive relationships to life satisfaction. . . .
The way that physical stores are designed continues to have a significant influence on the succe
Humans thrive when they feel they have a comfortable amount of control over their physical world,
Tuning light’s color and intensity to the right values, using insights from cognitive neuroscienc
Coordinating in-use scents with other design elements makes it more likely that design-related go
Pets are spending more time with their owners away from home, and an expanding number of spaces need to accommodate their special needs. Designing places where pets, and their caregivers, can live happy lives is discussed in depth in this article.
Federal law in the United States mandates that airports have “pet relief areas” for service animals. The post security pet bathrooms at the San Antonio airport are outstanding.
An important resource for anyone trying to develop spaces where people live better futures