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Healthscapes: Using the urban environment to support human health and resilience

September 19, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Price: Free and open to the public.
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Healthscapes: Using the urban environment to support human health and resilience

The way cities are planned shapes people's lives and has a strong bearing on their health. This, together with environmental and economic pressures, is inspiring urban designers to integrate techniques that support human health and well-being into the design process. The latest examples of this new sensibility include the application of plants to engineering and science problems to reduce pollution, known as “phytotechnologies”; the reinvention of public parks as outdoor fitness spaces; and actively preserving shoreline habitats to mitigate the effects of climate change. 

From specific details on the effect of design on physical health to how architects can successfully harness techniques that support well-being, this event offers designers an opportunity to learn about green-space solutions that are conducive to a mindset change in the profession.

Join us for this thought-provoking discussion led by Gina Ford, chair of Sasaki Associates’ Urban Studio.

Julia Africa, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health 
Rachel Banay, Harvard School of Public Health
Pam Hess, director of Outdoors Rx at the Appalachian Mountain Club

This event is organized by the Boston Society of Architects as part of the Boston Fit City initiative and is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA and the Boston Cable Office.

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Image: "Reflections of light on the Rose Kennedy Greenway" Creative Commons License, modified, © Danielle Walquist.