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The Importance of Green Space

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We all know that green space is desirable. As humans, we feel a need to be connected with nature. Before now, that feeling has been based on emotion and not data.

However, a new study from Aarhus University (Denmark) correlates growing up within the vicinity of green space and the onset of adult mental disorders. Their findings are fascinating and have really made us at AKA think about the way we design space and advocate for green space within the realm of endless concrete and maxed out building footprints. You can read the full study HERE

Children who grow up without green surroundings have up to 55% higher risk of developing various mental disorders later in life
— Peter Bondo

The study also shows that the risk of developing a mental disorder decreases incrementally the longer you have been surrounded by green space from birth up until the age of 10. The natural environment plays a larger role for mental health than anyone previously thought.

Knowing this, we feel that it should drastically change the way we think about design, urban space and the priorities we set for our future development as a region. Our work as advocates for our children’s futures is even more important than ever before.

What if the greater Manhattan region could ensure our children’s future mental health just by adding some green spaces to our buildings, neighborhoods, and developments? How would our city look if we put our future children’s mental health above our drive for a little more enclosed space, a little more parking, or a little more profit?

Comment below and let’s discuss an area of Manhattan that needs more green space!