Event: How Cities Affect Women's Health
The 'Neuroscience for Cities' playbook launch
Cities are great places to live, they connect us with a wide variety of information, opportunities, and people. However, we now understand that cities are also impacting the health of its inhabitants.
We will concentrate the conversation on women's health and the tools we need to create healthier city habitats that support all women. This event is brought to you by The Centric Lab and Moody Month with the panel chaired by cognitive neuroscientist Araceli Camargo.
Neurodiversity & Workplaces
A blog from Josh Artus regarding the launch of the ‘Neuroscience for Cities’ playbook.
People Centric Cities Mipim2018
Neurodiversity is a movement that emerged from the work of Judy Singer, a sociologist and a person on the autistic spectrum. She proposed that people who are “neurologically different represent a new addition to the familiar political categories of class, gender, and race.” Whilst the movement includes those with dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder, and Tourette syndrome, the prominent focus in terms advocacy is on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Placing Mind in Metropolis
The Centric Lab were honoured to recently take part in an invitation only think-tank session for mayors and urban leaders at the Mipim2018 conference in Cannes.
On Thursday morning, Josh Artus presented a keynote alongside esteemed peers from UN-Habitat and McKinsey & Co. It had a subsequent feature on the official magazine handed out throughout the 4 day conference attended by roughly 25,000 professionals from the industry.
Workplace of the Future
My (journalist Ella Rhodes) journey into the heart of the city begins with Dr Hugo Spiers from University College London. We start off with bricks and mortar, but quickly veer off into psychology’s accepted place in a city.
Human Centric Cities
With a question from the floor, Dan Silverman of U.K. and European Investments absolutely nailed it. To paraphrase: It is easy for large office owners and developers to embrace the most cutting-edge trends when it comes to technology, data, design and wellness. But how do you do that if, like a vast swathe of the commercial property world, you are a small or midsize landlord, with older, unfashionable assets, catering to tenants who want 5K SF or less?
The Infinite Landlord
Guest article for the Scottish Cities Alliance:
All successful long standing products and services are adaptive and human centric. Our cities should be no different. We should be building on top of smart city technologies to uncover methods to best satisfy and support human needs such as feeling productive and have a sense of wellbeing.
The Science of Buildings
Real Estate has been valued on its exclusivity; lower supply, higher demand. The industry has been predicated on the belief that in order to be of value, you must have a physical existence. Town centres were built around this. Businesses lived or died by its location. This formed clusters by proxy of companies that needed likemindedness for survival. By restricting supply, the landlord/developer could control the market in its prices and its offers.
Then the internet.......
Science is a tool, which has been used to help commercial industries become more effective and productive. Its influence is everywhere from engineering, manufacturing, technology to athletics. Catapulting each industry to a higher realm of thinking as well as innovation. Imagine, an athlete like Michael Phelps without science shedding light on the physiology and dynamics of movement? Or engineers trying to launch a rocket without understanding gravity or physics?
Personal Space: OnOffice Magazine Feature
Moving from an industry based on aligning inputs to one that focuses on the outputs is not necessarily the way things have been done today in the built environment, but it’s surprisingly easy to think about it that way round.
As science has over the years developed new hierarchies of our understanding of nature, our biology, material products, it’s also giving us a new hierarchy in the mental and cognitive processes of our brains. As advancements in technology have allowed us to develop autonomous drones and algorithmic architecture it has also progressed the ability to understand the brain
Virgin Future Visions
Centric were interviewed and featured in the international magazine ‘OnOffice’ regarding privacy and personal space.
The World's Top Neuroscientists Are Helping Shape The Future Of Cities
Future Visions is the series that explores the surreal world of tomorrow through the finest minds of today. In this instalment we hear from Araceli Camargo, who has some bold thoughts on the future of buildings and the impact of artificial intelligence on society...
From Smart Cities to Conscious Cities
In communist East Germany, urban planners deliberately designed towns, streets and buildings to grind down the sense of individuality of residents, and make them feel like they were constantly under scrutiny. Architects, developers and public authorities have always used the built environment to create specific feelings. Such a movement is growing across the globe, intersecting leading-edge science, design and thinking about the built environment…..
Data & Tech: New Way of Managing Property
A guest article for the Estates Gazette.
Preventing Smart Cities from Becoming Dumb Cities
RICS Report featuring Josh Artus.
Sculptors, Architects, and Painters Conceive of Depicted Spaces Differently.
There is a global obsession with SmartCities forming, Frost & Sullivan predicting their global market value at $1.565tn by 2020 yet in many ways it’s still an ill-defined concept. The simple argument is what is the purpose and outcome of a SmartCity, is it health, wealth, knowledge? If it’s just efficiency for the machine then it misses the point of where we are going as a society. After much reading, thinking, speaking, discussing and observing in 2016 here are some key points I aim to raise to enliven the conversation of developing truly human centric smart cities:
Light & Cognition
Abstract Sculptors, architects, and painters are three professional groups that require a comprehensive understanding of how to manipulate spatial structures. While it has been speculated that they may differ in the way they conceive of space due to the different professional demands, this has not been empirically tested.
This Is Your Brain on GPS Navigation
Light has become a unique point of interest within the built environment on three fronts; sustainability, mental health, and cost. It is the element that, can create a win/win/win situation, allowing an organisation to enhance the mental wellbeing of people in a particular environment, reduce electricity usage and save on building costs. However, this not the complete picture, there is one more missing component.
The surprising ways neuroscience can help design smarter, more intuitive cities
New research published published in Nature Communications by our Director of Science Dr Hugo Spiers has revealed how regions of the human brain respond to network structure of city streets as people navigate the city using memory or Sat Nav / GPS.
We have used economics, creativity, and technology to shape the built environment—and now it’s time for science to become the final piece in this puzzle. By integrating aspects of cognitive neuroscience into the design process, we can build cities that are primed for their residents’ health and happiness.
Article written for Quartz.com