“we built this city: how art, graphics, and design policy take shape for new yorkers”
Victoria Milne, Director of Creative Services at the New York City Department of Design and Construction spoke at the SVA’s DCrit lecture series.
An interesting point: most people gain about a pound of weight a year. If you walk about five flights of stairs daily, you can keep that pound off. Making stairs in public buildings more available and attractive can encourage people to use them. In such small but pervasive ways, architecture and design can improve public health. In the nineteenth century, infrastructure had to deal with contagious diseases so the emphasis was on sanitation, clean water and so on. Today’s diseases are chronic diseases of “energy”—and many of the appropriate infrastructure changes parallel the changes needed to reduce overall energy consumption.
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