Dr. Robin Mazumder, recently (October 2020) received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in cognitive neuroscience studying the impacts of urban design on our health and wellbeing.
Among other things, John and Robin talk about how we as humans respond to our built environments, what role access to nature plays in our cities, and how we can perhaps better understand and work productively to address our dependency on automobiles.
When we think of our cities and public spaces we probably have an intuitive sense as to what places are pleasant, welcoming, and interesting but we probably don’t really think too deeply about it. Well, we hope this conversation with Robin about his work to better understand our urban experience serves to be a thought-provoking and engaging experience.
Additional Helpful Links:
Robin’s Addicted to Cars post
Dignity and Health Forbes article
Places of the Heart book by Colin Ellard
Cities for People book by Jan Gehl
Happy City book by Charles Montgomery
Curbing Traffic and Building the Cycling City books by Melissa & Chris Bruntlett
Ada County article about bike lanes in Boise and surrounding suburbs
Cognitive Architecture book by Ann Sussman & Justin Hollander
Shinrin-yoku – Forest Bathing
Indy Cultural Trail
Active Towns video bringing the Indy Cultural Trail to life
Jason Slaughter’s Not Just Bikes episode
Jonathan Fertig’s Taking Action episode