On Danish Architecture Day, Wednesday the 1st of October 2014, the Architect Project, with its networking event, entitled Liveable City?, focuses on how we, through healthy living, architecture and urban development, can create healthy cities.
In 2050, the UN expects that seven out of 10 of the world’s population will be living in cities. The ongoing urbanization process contributes to more people living in fewer square feet. But how do we create healthier cities where market-oriented urban development, welfare and quality of life go hand in hand? This is the key issue when The Architecture Project organize networking event Liveable City? at the newly opened Kedlen (the Boiler) in Ceresbyen in Aarhus, Denmark.
The event will be opened by the Councilman for Technology and Environment; Mr. Kristian Würtz followed by the main presenter Mr. Alessandro Demaio – a physician and researcher in global health from Harvard University. Mr. Alessandro Demaio has studied how urban environments and interior design affect human behavior. He even believes that city life can lead to lifestyle diseases if we do not have an eye for creating healthy environments with access to physical activity and healthy shopping.
Traffic chaotic, smoggy grey cities filled with dreary concrete-block appartments and uninviting places pose the greatest health risk today, says Mr. Alessandro Demaio. On the other hand, well-planned “good” cities can help to influence the inhabitants in a positive manner, and prevent diseases.
Mr Alessandro Demaio’s global impetus and presentation are subsequently placed in a local context presented by three sharp personalities from Aarhus and their vision of a healthy lifestyle and the challenges that follow. The presentations were followed by a debate.