Yesterday, I mentioned that the MTC raises questions about quality architecture. The point was that we shouldn’t be building cheap, disposable structures that don’t really meet community needs. But as it turns out, good architecture isn’t just an amenity; it’s a necessity.
ArchDaily recently produced a post about new design and construction guidelines in New York. As the post points out,
Our built environments give us cues as to how to inhabit them and have tremendous effects, sometimes subconscious, on our lifestyles. Do you walk, drive, or bike to work? Do you take the stairs or the elevator? We make these types of decisions, which are largely based on comfort, on a daily basis. But the guidelines established in this manual are intended to give designers the tools to encourage healthy lifestyle choices to address the social concerns of NYC.
The post goes on to link architecture with health issues such as obesity, then lays out five measures by which the city can improve:
Improving access to transportation, improving access to recreational facilities and open spaces, improving access to fresh produce and groceries, improving community connectivity with street infrastructure, and facilitate bicycling for recreation and transportation.
Among the key goals is to increase walking and stair use and reduce dependence on elevators and escalators. That’s very similar to what I wrote in this post.
Provo is not New York City, but the things that make people healthy in one place will likely make them healthy in another place. And as the guidelines highlight by ArchDaily indicate, architecture is one great way to improve health.