Health in the city: how we can cultivate a more humanistic urbanism

Wellbeing Month

Health in the city: how we can cultivate a more humanistic urbanism

Cities are systems in which the people are meant to thrive, but Isthmus creative director David Irwin says the design of them is instead accentuating many of the human ailments, such as stress, anxiety and depression. Here, he outlines how using a human-centric approach in urban design can support the needs of a modern world.

Hit the road

Steve Burgess is a transport engineer and urban strategist with 30 years’ experience around movement, transport, place, car parking, and their influence on the prosperity of towns and cities. Here, he explains the challenges of making streets really work for people – and why the best designed streets were built before 1940.

City crafting

The statistics don’t lie: the bulk of the those that are designing living and urban spaces in New Zealand cities are men – but the times are changing. Globally, there is a conversation taking place on what cities would look like if equal weighting was given to all of its citizens in the design process. We spoke with Women In Urbanism, a recently formed organisation in Aotearoa, about how it's aiming to give a voice to those who don’t fit the pale and male image that dominates the architecture and engineering fields.