Architects, Doctors and the Importance of Urban and Building Design in Public Health

Architects, Doctors and the Importance of Urban and Building Design in Public Health

Architects and the public are waking up to the way building design, urban neighbourhood design and placemaking impact upon health and well-being, but doctors are lagging behind in making the connection, according to research from McGraw Hill Construction sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) , United Technologies Corp. and other partners. The report, The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings: The Market Drivers and Impact of Building Design on Occupant Health, Well-Being and Productivity , finds that though 18% of homeowners say that doctors are their primary source for information on healthy home products and decisions, only 53% of pediatricians, 32% of family doctors/general practitioners and 40% of psychiatrists believe that buildings even impact patient health. Obesity, diabetes, respiratory problems, stress and so on can be caused by lack of exercise, poo...

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