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How to redesign cities to fight loneliness

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Loneliness is a global issue.The health impact of chronic social isolation is as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.What do cities have to do with loneliness? “The way we build and organize our cities can help or hinder social connection,” reads a Grattan Institute report.
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This article cites cites a few examples of how cities can be redesigned in order to allow for more engagement. Some examples are: Diana Ong retrofitted the Ascot Vale rail station with multiple “social engagement paraphernalia” to promote conversations and activity. Michelle Curnow proposed to convert train cars into “sensory experience cabins” that attract people to explore the in-built gallery spaces and listen to other people’s stories while commuting.
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What do cities have to do to fight loneliness?
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It would help if there would be more local events that bring people together... maybe a picnic at the park or a bake sale.
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Better shared waiting areas for commuters (perhaps with greeters who could offer real-time information on delays) would be nice... would be refreshing to see people not glued to their cellphones.
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Urban loneliness is connected to population mobility, declining community participation and a growth in single-occupant households. This threatens the viability of our cities because it damages the social networks they rely on.
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Ray Oldenburg introduced a concept called, 'Third Places'. A first place is the private space of home. Second places are where people spend significant time, often formally. These include schools, universities and workplaces. Common examples of third places in cities include community gardens, libraries, public swimming pools, cafes, men’s sheds, farmers’ markets and dog parks.
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Third places can help by creating or enhancing a sense of community on a smaller, more human scale – a relief from the overwhelming sensory experience of a large and unfamiliar city. The village-like feeling of third places can reduce people’s anxieties and make them more comfortable with trying a new social experience.
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Third places can help by creating or enhancing a sense of community on a smaller, more human scale – a relief from the overwhelming sensory experience of a large and unfamiliar city. The village-like feeling of third places can reduce people’s anxieties and make them more comfortable with trying a new social experience.
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Yeah, I would like that. A more homey neighborhood than what we have nowadays would be good... a security should be put in place so that you aren't afraid of walking around and greeting your neighbors like you are now.
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Everything in urban life is meant to stimulate the senses and mind but not the soul. It is the soul that actually houses the mind, and the physical body temporarily houses the soul. When the physical body begins to break down, the soul will suffer too, unless one feeds the soul the way it is supposed to be fed: with nature, clean water, organic food, the camaraderie of living with significant others, and of course treating other people kindly and taking time for them, which is something that city life does not promote in its “hurry up” atmosphere.
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