Towards a Healthy City
#2 The Building Scale

Friday, 28 February 2020, 6 pm

A collaboration between UNStudio and ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory

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This second part in a series of interdisciplinary lab talks will look 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 will discuss 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 will include a look at all building types, with a particular focus on learning- and workspaces and new 'campus' models.

Hans-Jürgen Commerell Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Ben van Berkel Founder and Principal Architect, UNStudio and Founder, UNSense, Amsterdam

Miriam Mlecek Programme Manager, ANCB, Berlin

Karen Lee Associate Professor of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, University of Alberta and author of the book Fit Cities, Edmonton
Trevor Keeling Associate, BuroHappold Engineering, London
Mazda Adli Psychiatrist and Stress Researcher, Fliedner Clinic/ Charité Berlin

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

Thomas Honeck Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection EU and International Division, Metropolis Presidential Office, Berlin
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

The Towards a Healthy City series is part of the ANCB Theme Responsive City: Combining Local Knowledge with Digital Systems.

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


The event will be in English. Admission is free. Please register at

The Berlin Chamber of Architects officially acknowledges this event as a professional training that provides 2 credit points.


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