Although the 2014 AIA Convention concluded this past weekend in Chicago, the thought-provoking conversations and discussions are seeping out online into the larger architecture community. One of the more provocative discussions came from the “Architecture + Public Health = a Healthy Profession” panel with University of Minnesota College of Design Dean Thomas Fisher and Allina Health Director Heather R. Britt and Senior Design Strategist Jess Roberts. Fast Company writer Shaunacy Ferro summarized the highlights of the discussion in “We Have Designed Cities To Make People Ill,” where Dean Fisher challenges all scales of design–from urban to graphic–to incorporate the health impacts into design considerations and decisions.
“What we have to offer isn’t just knowledge about facilities. It is a way of thinking and working that is very useful to the public health world,” he said, asserting that “our profession has wanted to mystify what we do–that has got to come to an end.”
Click here to read “We Have Designed Cities To Make People Ill,” online at FastCoDesign.com