A Rationale for Design for Routine Contact with Nature in Cities of the C21st: The Physical and Mental Effects on Individuals and Society of Auto-Centric vs. 'Human-Powered' Urban Lifestyles

By Michael Herrmann.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The diverse benefits to urbanites and society of routine contact with nature made possible through more sustainable (and slower) urban transport modes (with particular reference to walking and cycling)

Keywords: Urban Mobility, Walking, Cycling, Urban Morphology, Automobiles, Mental Health, Wellbeing, Quality of Life, Sustainable Design, Enchantment, Democracy, Natural Processes

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.93-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 841.180KB).

Mr. Michael Herrmann

Originally trained as a landscape architect, i have had wide ranging, international work experience in the fields of urban regeneration and ecological landscape design. I contributed a chapter to the UK's first publication on Sustainable Landscape Architecture (Herrmann, M., Millard, A., & Royffe, 2000). Over the last five years i have lectured and published widely whilst working within the Design Department at Leeds Metropolitan University, developing a specialism in sustainable product design and the teaching of this vital topic. I am currently dividing my time between teaching and my own research towards a Doctorate on the theme of Sustainable Design for the Built Environment.


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