How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health & Happiness, with Award-Winning Science Journalist Emily Anthes

Modern humans are an indoor species. We spend 90 percent of our time inside, shuttling between homes and offices, schools and stores, restaurants and gyms. And yet, for all the time we spend inside buildings, we rarely stop to consider: How do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Our productivity, performance, and relationships? Emily's work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Slate, Businessweek, Scientific American, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.
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1:48 - We are an indoor species after all
4:03 - Rethinking how to use our buildings
5:38 - Remote Work: Lessons & predictions for the Real Estate Industry
9:06 - Data-driven decisions to improve productivity & office space usage
15:40 - WELL Certification: Advancing health and wellbeing in the office
22:17 - Stimulus: Project Parachute, helping vulnerable renters
23:50 - Implementing active design to create healthier spaces in cities
30:55 - How can cities beat Global Warming: Resilient buildings & Amphibious architecture
34:02 - Improving cooperation between Real Estate & climate scientists
35:53 - Discomfort Zone: Evidence-based design requires political and social reform
38:07 - Emily's advise to a 20-year old starting their career in Science Journalism

Creators and Guests

Edward Cohen
Edward Cohen
Host & Executive Producer at Tangent
Emily Anthes
Emily Anthes
Science Journalist at NYTimes
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