#1608 Widespread Loneliness is a Solvable Social Problem - Urban Design, Architecture, Co-housing, and Community Action and Support Can Make Our Towns Better

Air Date: 2-7-2024

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Loneliness is an epidemic that long-predates the COVID lockdowns that only made things worse but it's not primarily cultural or even technological in origin. The issue largely has to do with how our built environment is designed and then social and technological aspects compound the problem.

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Ch. 1: Surgeon General discusses health risks of loneliness and steps to help connect with others - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 5-2-23

The U.S. Surgeon General declared a new public health epidemic in America, loneliness. A new report finds loneliness can have profound effects on mental health as well as heart disease, stroke and dementia.

Ch. 2: Our Loneliness Epidemic is Infrastructuralized - Studio Leonardo - Air Date 6-2-22

The infrastructure in the US is one of the main culprits for our loneliness. In this video, we deep-dive into why that is and how it has come to be this way. So, what can we do to fix this?

Ch. 3: Original Barcelona video - @The Happy Urbanist TikTok - Air Date 12-15-23

Ch. 4: How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) | Grace Kim - TED - Air Date 8-7-17

Loneliness doesn't always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us -- and it's often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation

Ch. 5: Fifteen-minute cities: inside the new model reshaping the world’s urban landscapes - Changing Places - Air Date 8-8-22

In this episode of Changing Places, sponsored by Avison Young, host Mariam Sobh discusses this and more with Avison Young’s Jo Davis, UK national lead for town planning and public sector, Carlos Moreno

Ch. 6: You Don’t Have To Move To Live In A Better Place - Strong Towns - Air Date 1-9-24

There's a dangerous narrative out there that can keep us from doing the meaningful work our places desperately need. That narrative is that we have to move to be content, to be happy, or to live a better life.

Ch. 7: Why American public transit is so bad? - Vox - Air Date 10-22-20

Most Americans have no choice but to drive. How do we change that?

Ch. 8: The Great Places Erased by Suburbia (the Third Place) - Not Just Bikes - Air Date 11-21-22

The pub. The café. The town square. They’re not home. They’re not work. They’re something else. But these places are becoming more and more scarce. And in car-dependent suburbia, they've been erased almost completely … and that's a problem.


Ch. 9: What is Mutual Aid? - Andrewism - Air Date 3-24-21

Mutual Aid is a radical concept that humans have practiced across millennia, but these days, its exact purpose and potential remain vague in the minds of many. What is it? What is it not? What challenges will we face?


Ch. 10: Final comments on what you can do today to improve your social connections

Bonus clip: What’s good in your life? ✨#bookstagram #BookWorm#LibraryLife#LibrariesOfIn

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions)


Description: Photograph taken from behind a woman in a dark room who is leaning out an open window. She looks out at a brick apartment building across the way. 

Credit: "Woman looking out the window" by Jon Eric Marababol, Wikimedia Commons | License: CC0 1.0 Universal


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