Boring cityscapes increase sadness, addiction and disease-related stress. Is urban design a matter of public health?
“… a good city street should be designed so that the average walker, moving at a rate of about 5 km per hour, sees an interesting new site about once every five seconds.”
“Collectively, studies of both extreme and moderate forms of environmental deprivation provide compelling evidence that boring environments can generate stress, impulsivity, lowered levels of positive affect, and risky behavior. At this point, we simply don’t know the extent to which such effects might be produced by simple daily exposure to poorly designed urban environments or building interiors because the studies have not yet been done.” By Colin Ellard, an environmental psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of Waterloo in Canada, on Aeon Magazine.