Towards a Healthy City
#2 The Building Scale

Friday, 28 February 2020

A collaboration between UNStudio and ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory

Part 1 - Welcome and Introduction. Video: Reframe – Videos for the Web


Hans-Jürgen Commerell Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin 00:00–02:51
Machteld Kors Director Communications, UNStudio Amsterdam 02:51–07:33

Miriam Mlecek Programme Manager, ANCB, Berlin 07:33–11:41

Lectures. Video: Reframe – Videos for the Web

Karen Lee Associate Professor of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, University of Alberta and author of the book Fit Cities, Edmonton 00:00:00–00:25:28
Trevor Keeling Associate, BuroHappold Engineering, London 00:25:28–00:42:29
Mazda Adli Psychiatrist and Stress Researcher, Fliedner Clinic/ Charité Berlin 00:42:29–01:01:19

Discussion. Video: Reframe – Videos for the Web

Discussion, moderated by
Karen Lee Associate Professor of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, University of Alberta and author of the book Fit Cities, Edmonton

Christiane Sauer Professor for Material and Design, Weißensee Academy of Art, Berlin
Ariane Stracke Senior Architect and Associate, UNStudio, Amsterdam
Jeff Povlo Managing Director, SCAPE, Amsterdam


This second part in a series of interdisciplinary lab talks looked into concepts of health and wellbeing at the building scale. Since we are spending 80% of our time indoors, our health is at stake in the built environment. Designers, technical experts, public policymakers and employers need to ask themselves how their proposals and organisations can incentivise healthier lifestyles, which may have different meanings for different people - contributing to the physical, mental and social wellbeing of building occupants.

During this lab talk, we discussed how environments can be shaped, while also taking into account the needs of minorities, the 'unhealthy' and disadvantaged. How can architecture prevent discomfort, disease and accidents, as well as stress, loneliness and generally poor mental health? How should we interpret user-data for reliable and useful insights into sustainable building operations, economical maintenance and healthy indoor climate, in a responsible manner? This discussion included a look at all building types, with a particular focus on learning- and workspaces and new 'campus' models.

Karen Lee's book Fit Cities. My Quest to Improve the World's Health and Wellness - Including Yours is available online at

In collaboration with UNStudio

Photos © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk



Towards a Healthy City. #1 The Urban Approach

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