As an architect I can't help reading this and thinking that the way buildings and cities are designed should work in favour of people's health. More walking between floors, walking and cycling around a city, less couch-potato-on-wheels driving to the shops.
My sister went for a walk in Houston to the local shops - and it was so unusual that two women drivers pulled up and asked her if she was okay. Can't fault southern hospitality but when it is so unusual to be out walking then something is very wrong.
I'll be asking Mayor Bob Parker from Christchurch exactly this (this article is a handy reminder) when he gives a talk in Hong Kong next month about Christchurch's recovery and rebuilding following the huge earthquake swarm that has destroyed the inner city. Any new city heart that is rebuilt should take heed of how design can affect human heart's and health.
Thanks for the link... I'll cross post to Facebook.