For Van Alen Report 20, we invited designers from around the world to share projects at the vanguard of using science-informed practices to design healthier cities. For each featured project, we asked the designers to identify the health impacts intended, and discuss how insights from neuroscience or psychology influenced the project’s design. We also consider how each project might advance both the conversation about evidence-based design, and the greater pursuit of designing healthier cities for all. These profiles have been adapted from the designers’ responses.
The Living Bridges project, conceived by architect Tye Farrow reimagines the Bloor Viaduct in Toronto, transforming it from a single-purpose conduit for cars to a multi-use structure that takes advantage of its proximity to the ravine below. The project aims to not only mitigate the operational, maintenance, and safety challenges of multi-lane bridges, but aspires to have a “salutegenic” presence, effectively creating healthful opportunities by introducing healthy interactions with the bridge itself.
With VAR 20, we explore the often hidden connection between mental health and urban environments. We hope this issue makes people more aware of the many ways our cities impact our health, our brains, and our lives. To receive future articles and interviews from Van Alen Report, please subscribe below.