- How weather affects the experience of the city - Why cities should be designed to mitigate bad weather, and how we stand to benefit.
- Meet up summary: Loneliness in the city (London) - Conscious Cities hosted one of its regular meetups, this time we covered "Loneliness in The City"
- Is a Smart City a Healthy City? - Smart cities aren’t the solution, but their strengths might contribute to a new set of priorities.
“far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city … The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.”
on Henri Lefebvre ‘Right to the City’
Prof. David Harvey
- Nature in spaces, and the nature of places - Experiencing nature acts like a reset button for our human RAM. How can we use this in design?
- The View from Above: New insights into how we group - As early as 1939, Muzafer Sherif showed that people perceived a light's movement differently if they were in a group.
“There is no doubt whatever about the influence of architecture and structure upon human character and action. We make our buildings and afterwards they make us. They regulate the course of our lives.”Winston Churchill
- Design for real people - Success should be defined by how well the product’s design or functionality meets the needs of the people who use ...
- Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite: assumptions about users may be off - Is it that architects don't contemplate all possibilities?
new ways of thinking about places
by Cliff Hague
“Cities are people, not buildings.”Nick Tyler
- Putting a Price on Consciousness: do the benefits square with the costs? - In the United States, president Ronald Reagan first proposed the cost-benefit calculus for policy efficacy.
- Meet up Summary: Biophilic design and mental health (London) - Biophilic design is not a tick box system, but rather a broader set of design heuristics.
- Self-Conscious Citizens: A nudge might make housing markets more humane - Governments go to great lengths to help people understand the deleterious decisions that crop up in daily life.