Hi! My name is Robin Mazumder. I recently joined URL in January to start my PhD where I am exploring how urban design impacts mental health. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked in community mental health as an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists bring a...

Hanna Negami (B.A.) is a graduate student at the Urban Realities Lab. You can read more about her and her work here. 1. Can you tell us about your role in the Urban Realities Lab, and how long you have been involved? I’m a graduate student starting...

More than half of the people of the world live in cities, and all signs suggest that the urbanization of human populations will continue to accelerate in coming decades.  In some ways, this is a good thing. One can make the argument that increasing population...

It’s not breaking news anymore that greenspace is good for us. Ever since the publication of landmark studies some decades ago showing that exposure to natural environments can promote healing, reduce stress, and improve mood, we’ve known that exposure to natural environments, even just...

In research conducted by the Urban Realities Laboratory, we are driven by one main idea: that the form, appearance, and organization of geographic spaces can exert an impact on how we feel and think, what we do and what we want. In a neuro-scientific context,...