Future Design + Communication Experience
by Natasha MH (2019)
How might we create thriving, resilient, sustainable cities that ensure citizens are happy and reduce mental health risks?
Architecture is not just about buildings, it’s about people. When it is about people, it is about relationships. The session pays tribute to Michael de Certeu’s notion of everyday places in urban planning. I will be highlighting how the next frontier for urban design is designing good mental health into cities. Architecture used to be about construction material and how design can cause physical injury. Today through understanding the social and daily experiences of urban dwellers and habits around social spaces, the question brings an important opportunity for urban design to deliver substantial value to public health. Of course, this isn’t a feat for architects alone which is why a collaboration of consciousness, resources and intelligence through a collective impact would be necessary.