When Americans think of health, we instinctively see in our mind’s eye the medical profession and the hospitals and clinics in which they treat illness. We usually do not think of architects and other design professionals. But what if we invited designers to help us reinvent aspects of preventive medicine? What if we adopted design strategies that lead to less sedentary lifestyles?
Report on “the state of health + urbanism” from MIT. Seen here.
En Venezuela, una botella de agua de 600 ml. cuesta en una discoteca unos 13 bolívares (2 dólares), mientras que llenar el tanque de un carro de 40 litros de gasolina cuesta $0.50. En el país con las mayores reservas mundiales de petróleo, el precio de la gasolina ha permanecido congelado desde 1996. Ahora el Gobierno valora revisarlo al alza.
"We’ve all woken up to the fact that in London over 4,000 people die prematurely every year because of the air quality - that’s worse than 9/11," he said.
"We’re not just talking about a few elderly people dying a few months early. On average they’re dying 11 years early.
Former London’s mayor Ken Livingstone, here.
It has been estimated that 90% of urban air pollution in rapidly growing cities in developing countries is attributable to motor vehicle emissions (UNEP, 2011) so while there are many sources of air pollution in Nairobi, including open air burning of refuse and biomass (Gatari, 2006), industrial operations and domestic cooking fires, motor vehicles play a critical role in the problem
Y el titular de la nota es un insulto a la inteligencia: El aire puro llega a China.