The are a number of factors that impact and shape the built environment, factors that increase in importance as the planet becomes more and more urban. They can be summed up in the following key issues that Center for Healthy Environments addresses in the development of pedagogy, practice and policy:
(1) Climate Change: Architecture’s role in resiliency and restoration of the environment
(2) Population Growth: Design that responds to the change and composition of urban habitation
(3) Health: How design shapes physical, cognitive and emotional well-being
As part of the architecture degrees, NewSchool offers Certificates in Neuroscience for Architecture and Healthy Urbanism. The classes prepare students to inform policy change and advance design that seeks to improve human and environmental health.