Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health: Isolation and Air Pollution: New research on urban design and mental health

Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health: Isolation and Air Pollution: New research on urban design and mental health

Edition 4 of the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health brings together the latest thinking at the nexus of urban design and mental health under the theme Alone Together. We have an interesting review of the mental health effects of solitary confinement in the urban design context. We look at the self-imposed isolation of people in guarded, gated communities, with the example of the city of Gurgaon in India, the challenges of imagining simultaneous diversity and belonging, and the importance of pro-social public places in Hong Kong.

We also think about isolation as an unintended consequence of connection: two different pieces reflect on the mental health impacts of high-speed rail projects on local populations: one considers the impact on the populations of newly-connected cities; the other looks at the impact on young people during the building phase of large infrastructure projects in the young people's own words via a fascinating short film, bringing in both psychiatry and youth worker perspectives. Another creative new short film imagines the impact of density and isolation on our future cities. Finally,we have  an editorial from the World Economic Forum on collective action that can help bring the field of urban design and mental health itself out of isolation.

Beyond isolation, Edition 4 also provides an exciting new review of the latest evidence on links between air pollution and mental health - and discusses the role of urban design in addressing these links.


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