Mental health is now being recognised as a powerful determinant of wellbeing across all sectors. In the context of an ever urbanising society, the rise of loneliness, depression, time-poverty, and stress are indicators that our cities must take a pro-active role in supporting our psychological, emotional, and social needs.
Day 4 of the festival will focus on how to create the conditions for mental health to become a priority in how we design our streets and buildings.
Designers, community planners and organizers, advocates and activists, decision- and policy-makers, and behavioral scientists will present forward-thinking approaches to share knowledge and problem-solve in this festival workshop.
- Create a dialogue between researchers, practitioners, community planners and decision-makers reaching practical applications for impact-driven design.
- Establish a Community of Practice focused on each festival thematic which activates and sets up engagement into the future.
- Create outputs from each session that can act as both a resource and a catalyst for action within city agencies.
We will be joined by representatives of New York’s City Hall and other city agencies interested in the latest innovation in planning and engagement with local communities.
Principal and Director of Research for HKS, Associate Professor at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan
Environmental Psychologist and Architect
Founding Principal of Reddymade
Center for Active Design
Supportive Housing Loan Program, New York City Housing Preservation and Development
NYC Department of City Planning
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Royal Institute of Architects
Royal College of Art
Studio Jenny Jones
“I know that the design of our environments has a profound impact on us and that it has the potential to create conditions for flourishing.
As an architect, I find the more I learn from the worlds of cognitive and neuro sciences, the more my design advocacy and inquiry developes, which in turn creates more confidence in communicating the social value of design, in a language inspired and informed by both citation and intuition.”
Jenny is a practitioner, educator and adviser. She runs her architecture and design studio in the United Kingdom and runs the Interior Futures Platform, on the Masters Program at the Royal College or Art in London. She is a client adviser for the Royal Institute of British Architects and is the chair for the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland Awards 2020.
Department of Population Health, Maimonides Medical Center
Public Policy Lab
Chief Architect of the New York City Department of Design and Construction