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Healthy architecture: Designing health into architectural research

Rice, Louis


Louis Rice
Associate Professor in Architecture


As a society, we spend 90% of out time indoors and only 10% outdoors. Yet much of the focus for healthy cities is on outdoor space and external environments. Whilst it is important to consider all aspects of a healthy city, at present there is a disproportionately low concern for healthy architecture. The public health paradigm is moving away from a medical model towards an anthropological model; an holistic approach to unite healthy lifestyles and healthy environments. This is more than just the reduction of pollutants or hazardous materials, but towards ‘health plus’ - the design, planning, construction and inhabitation of architecture that facilitates healthy living. Design is used as a research method for integrating public health into architecture.

Presentation Conference Type Speech
Start Date May 4, 2017
Publication Date May 4, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Rice, L. (2017, May). Healthy architecture: Designing health into architectural research. Presented at Design Research: Process and Authorship
Keywords architecture, health, design research, wellbeing
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Design Research: Process and Authorship