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Can Buildings Make Us Healthier?

Can Buildings Make Us Healthier?
Can Buildings Make Us Healthier?, Staircases at Wieden+Kennedy NY by WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte
Staircases at Wieden+Kennedy NY by WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte

Since we spend most of our waking hours in buildings, shouldn't they be designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle? It turns out there are many ways in which architects can design spaces that encourage us to exercise as part of our daily routine. Likewise there are many design features that often dissuade people from physical activity. For example, while a dark or secluded staircase may be off-putting, centrally located and open staircases tend to be used even more than elevators. Find out how buildings can serve as our personal trainers in this article from Fast Co. Design, “How To Keep Our Buildings From Making Us Fat.”

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Cite: Evan Rawn. "Can Buildings Make Us Healthier?" 10 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/535703/can-buildings-make-us-healthier/> ISSN 0719-8884

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