#3: Giulia Mori - Wellbeing in the Built Environment
Welcome to the Green Urbanist. The podcast for urbanists fighting climate change. I'm Ross.
Today's episode is an interview with Giulia Mori. Giulia is a Senior Energy and Sustainability Consultant with Tuffin Ferraby Taylor in London. One of her areas of expertise is wellbeing in the built environment. The focus of our conversation is how architecture and urban design affects our health.
Wellbeing is a huge topic. To keep this conversation to a reasonable length, we've chosen to focus on three topics: Air Quality, Thermal Comfort and Sedentary lifestyle. If you're unfamiliar with the term, Thermal Comfort is to do with how we experience temperature and the effect of this on our productivity and health.
There are many many more aspects of wellbeing that we didn't have time to cover. For instance we didn't talk about nutrition, mental health, the importance of community or biophilia, our innate connection with the natural world. If you enjoy this episode, and you want to know more, Giulia can come back for another episode to talk about these topics.
We are recording this in July 2020, when Covid-19 is still very much present in the world so we do talk about infectious disease towards the end of the podcast.
Finally, just a point on some terminology. Giulia mentions two things you may be unfamiliar with - these are the Well Building Standard and the Fitwell standard. These are rating systems that you can follow when designing or retrofitting a building to make it as healthy as possible. A lot of what Giulia does is helping architects and developers to apply these standards to their buildings so they can be certified under Well or Fitwell. We don't go into depth on the standards, but just be aware that they exist as we do mention them in passing a few times.
Contact Giulia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/giulia-mori-b91492120/
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Intro music by Tanoi