Conscious Cities Anthology 2019: Science-Informed Architecture and Urbanism
7 October, 2019

ISSN: 2514-6815


Official publication of the Conscious Cities Festival 2019. The festival occurred 15th to 18th of October 2019 in New York City, hosted by Pratt Institute. Conscious Cities Anthology 2019: Science-informed architecture and urbanism showcases individuals and groups that are contributing towards this new approach to creating a better built environment.

The mission of the 2019 Conscious Cities Festival is to explore how science-informed design can create a healthier, more inclusive city. Using a multidisciplinary approach grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice, the festival aims to facilitate dialogue among individuals, organizations, and institutions working towards common goals in efforts to spur collaborative and creative solutions for achieving just communities.


Meredith Banasiak
Where do we do our best thinking? It is possible that the most often overlooked space in building design is among the most important in supporting cognition. 
Cognition, Design, Neuroscience
Natasha Reid
How can we shift the production of buildings from inert functional containers, to sources of growth, flourishing and value?
Architecture, Practice, Profession, Social
Wendi Yan
How can we can expand the idea of “awe” into a more secular setting for architectural design using neuroscience?
Architecture, Awe, Design, Neuroscience
Anvit Goyal
What are the theoretical driving forces behind new human-centred hospital design?
Architecture, Health, Healthcare, Hospitals, Wellbeing
Nino Lazariia
How can we integrate heritage to build a conscious city that doesn't sacrifice culture and beauty for efficiency?
Case Study, Culture, Policy, Smart Cities
Nazia Roushan
Emerald Upoma Baidya
Suhailey Farzana
How can we reshape the urban design processes in order to ensure social and environmental justice?
Civics, Co-creation, Communities, Inclusivity, Urban Design
Chantal Meng
How can night drawing help us understand the socially mediated and contested nature of our nocturnal lives?
Art, Nighttime, Perception
Alexandra Indira Sanyal
Questioning the fundamental values and established orthodoxy of historic preservation principles to further understand social impact.
Heritage, Preservation, Regeneration, Restoration, Urban Design
Matthew Lesniak
Penny Clark
Naima Ritter
How can co-living spaces integrate connection, community, wellbeing and sustainability into the core of what they do?
Business, Coliving, Communities, Economics, Social
Alvaro Puertas Villavicencio
Where does architecture start, and where does it end? Exploring the body-mind-world dynamic to understand our relationship to space.
Architecture, Cognition, Design, Philosophy, Profession
Kevin Bennett
What will city life be like when we can digitally manufacture surroundings in our lenses?
Innovation, Profession, Tech, Virtual Reality
Shaun Andrews
How will human-centric design and neuroscience transform the field of urban planning?
Design, Health, Planning, Wellbeing
Ifeoma Ebo
Why is a community engaged process crucial to equitable human-centred design?
Communities, Neighbourhood, Resilience, Social Justice
Steve Coe
What are the inherent challenges and rewards of a recovery-oriented approach to supportive housing?
Health, Housing, Policy, Social Justice
Daniele Santucci
Ata Chokhachian
Generating knowledge about the influence of thermal pleasure on people flows to design more vibrant and attractive public spaces.
Health, Mapping, Methods, Research
Manasvini Hariharan
Yang Seunghee
What can we learn from regeneration initiatives happening under South Korea's New Deal?
Economics, Governance, Regeneration, Urban Design
Donald H. Ruggles
How can neuroscience, biology and psychology inform architecture's quest for beauty, and what does it mean for our wellbeing?
Aesthetics, Architecture, Beauty, Neuroscience
Giuseppina Ascione
Nicola De Pisapia
Looking at how light plays an important role in creating spaces with a positive impact on occupants’ productivity and wellbeing
Attention, Design, Light, Productivity, Wellbeing
Maighdlyn Hadley
The average urbanite is estimated to spend over a year of their life waiting, what opportunity does this present?
Design, Restoration, Stress, Urban Design, Wellbeing
Emma Vilarem
How can we design and evaluate urban interventions to maximize beneficial effects on wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviour?
Behaviour, Belonging, Place, Place Attachment, Urban Design
Trish Hansen
Dr. Fiona Kerr
The urban state of being refers to the intangible vibe of a city. Shaping it in future habitats is one of humanity’s greatest challenges; determining how to be.  
Architecture, Belonging, Culture, Ethics, Research