Lecture: Metropolis

Lecture: Metropolis

Disease, Climate, and the Built Environment

Lecture: How Do Designed Environments Affect Health?

Event: Design Optimism San Francisco

Host: Metropolis Magazine

May 17, 2023

“A pandemic is a course correction to the trajectory of civilization,” commented researcher Alex de Waal of Tufts University to Ed Yong in a 2021 The Atlantic article.

In Design Optimism’s second presentation, I addressed the intersection of disease, climate, and the built environment. Over the course of global history, from the Plague of Justinian in 541 CE through COVID-19, 18 to 20 pandemics have occurred, I noted. Urbanization has accelerated their frequency, sparking investigation of how designed environments affect—and are affected by—health.

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