A style of architectural design is emerging that's aimed at encouraging physical activity and physical inter-personal connection.

A style of architectural design is emerging that’s aimed at encouraging physical activity and physical inter-personal connection. New York City health commissioner Thomas Farley’s has made a push to make elevators smaller and slower, and Richard J. Jackson, a professor at the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health concurs:

Increasingly, designers are applying walking-oriented urban-planning ideas to buildings, and some see elevators as the architectural equivalent of the value meal: unhealthy, unsustainable, and bad for social exchange.

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