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Mind the Gap: Improving Urban Mobility through Science and Design

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As part of Van Alen Institute’s Shore to Core competition, the winning team, Happier by Design integrated research on restoration theory, installing frames which encourage passersby to shift attention to the surrounding natural elements. Decreased activity in the hippocampus—specifically, low dopamine levels—appears to be why individuals with ADHD exhibit impulsive behavior. Providing engaging sensory environments that promote dopamine production in the brain may be a helpful support in stimulating prefrontal brain activity.

Engaging a variety of tools and approaches from neuroscience, environmental psychology, and behavioral psychology, this special event with AIANY will examine scientific approaches to understanding how populations are impacted as they move through cities. Participants will learn innovative ways practitioners in design and the sciences are collaborating to create better and healthier environments for all.


Jonathan Hilburg, Assistant Editor, Architect’s Newspaper (moderator)
Susan Magsamen, Director of International Arts and Mind Lab, Brain Science Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Gerry Tierney, Associate Principal and Smart Mobility Lab Co-Director, Perkins + Will
Julia Day, Associate, Gehl Studio
Taylor Nakagawa, Strategy Associate, Multimer

$7 admission.