Health Street

BY Lisa Finlay

With the NHS pushed to its limits and many high streets hollowing out, Heatherwick Studio is calling for a new kind of health space right at the heart of urban communities. In a major new report, called Health Street, it sets out a vision for a radical approach to health creation based around community-led facilities on the local high street.

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The Rise of Boring Architecture – and the Case for Radically Human Buildings

BY Thomas Heatherwick

Where did all the lumps and bumps on buildings go? When did city architecture become so... dull? Here to talk about why cities need inspiring architecture, Thomas Heatherwick offers a path out of the doldrums of urban monotony - and a vision of cities filled with soulful buildings that people cherish for centuries.

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Cities Need to Realise the Value of Emotional Design

BY Thomas Heatherwick

When was the last time you walked down a street with new buildings and felt anything positive? Or anything at all? To tackle feelings of isolation, architects should put more emotion into cities, supporting people and their environment through design.

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The Science Behind Our Emotional Connection to Architecture

BY Professor Ruth Dalton

Most people can think of buildings that have caused them to feel a strong emotion. The comfortingly familiar smell of home after a long absence, the fascinating view from a seat that we habitually sit in, a sense of wonder and heightened awareness on entering a sacred space or the sheer delight in a designer’s ingenuity at devising a novel and beautiful building. Where does this emotional response come from? Is it entirely subjective and different for each person or might there be some innate property of the building itself that can elicit or prompt a similar emotion in all of us?

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