This radical architectural style could make future cities healthy

Have you already heard of Maharishi Vastu architecture? Based on principles similar to the passive architecture movement, this style of architecture emphasizes the health of the occupants of the building and the health of the environment that the building itself occupies. The design concept has been around since at least the 1980s, but it has endured.

In 2005, a Washington Post journalist writing a story about a talk given by one of MVA’s top supporters, Jon Lipman. Lipman’s ideas, writes the journalist, could at best be considered “eccentric”. But some of MVA’s principles can help inform how we build more equitable, healthy, accessible and green cities. In a new peer-reviewed paper, Lipman and a team of researchers outline their findings based on 40 years of MVA research. They argue that incorporating MVA principles into a building’s design can improve residents’ mental health, improve sleep, and reduce stress.

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Building for brain health

An example of a community built on MVA principles in Suffolk, England.Geography Photos/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Some of the principles of MVA seem arbitrary: entrances to houses must face certain directions, for example. But in the new paper, Lipman and a team of researchers say there is evidence that following these rules and other MVA principles to build homes can result in happier, healthier, and healthier occupants. more creative. Above all, Lipman runs a sustainable home business that incorporates MVA into its designs.

The paper proposes “using architectural design as preventative medicine and in public health,” suggesting that by reducing homeowner stress and improving homeowner sleep, there may be a ripple effect on neighborhood health. in its entirety. It’s true that where someone lives can have a profound influence on their short- and long-term health.

Perhaps more intriguingly, however, the newspaper is not only concerned with homes built to MVA rules, but also with offices.

One aspect of Lipman and his team’s investigation centers on “solar architecture” – how a building’s design exposes its occupants at different times of the day to sunlight. They found that ensuring a building is well lit with sunlight throughout the day, and especially in the morning when the sun rises in the east, can help alleviate the winter blues, improve sleep quality and even make people more alert.

Anyone who has ever had to walk through an office building with no natural light to sit in a beige cubicle for hours can probably imagine how much better – and perhaps more productive – they would feel if they were to be bathed in the natural light glow. But the principle also applies in our home offices.

As businesses and employees envision the future of work, exploratory concepts like MVA could help design more equitable, healthy, and productivity-boosting spaces that people want to frequent.

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On the horizon…

A SpaceX Falcon 9 carries Crew-4, a NASA mission to the International Space Station, into space.NASA/Getty Images News/Getty Images

SpaceX is accelerating its booster turnaround time. The same Falcon 9 that launched the AX-1 commercial mission to the International Space Station on April 8, launched a batch of Starlink internet satellites just three weeks later, the friday april 29.

The 53 satellites, part of SpaceX’s Internet Constellation, launched into space at 5:27 p.m. ET Friday from the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida. Less than ten minutes later, the Falcon 9 first stage landed on SpaceX’s drone ship, Just read the instructions. SpaceX now has 2,400 satellites in space as part of the Starlink internet constellation. Starlink is supposed to offer high-speed, low-latency, and affordable Internet access virtually anywhere on Earth, as long as the location has a clear view of the sky.

Three weeks is the fastest turnaround time for a never before recorded Falcon 9 first stage and a milestone in commercial spaceflight. SpaceX and other space companies want to develop fully reusable fleets to reduce the costs of private space launches.

According to everyday astronaut, this is SpaceX’s 17th launch this year. The next one on the horizon? Another Starlink batch is expected to launch on May 5, 2022but watch this space: weather can delay launches, among other setbacks.

Did you miss the launch? Watch the replay.

You have to see it to believe it…

It looks a bit like an old-fashioned airplane.Nasa

Could this be the vehicle that helps bring the Mars samples safely cached by Perseverance back to Earth? NASA is seeking public comment on its planned sample return mission to bring rocks from Mars to Earth laboratories. They host two online public meetings on the mission if you want find out more.

T-less Internet…

5. Good news for electric car manufacturers: Recycled lithium batteries can outperform new batteries, reports American Scientist.

4. The US Central Intelligence Agency is putting money into Sandbox AQ: The Google-linked team aims to create software that encrypts information so that a quantum system cannot read it without a key. Bloomberg see you.

3. The researchers created a 3D-printed “mini heart” that beats: Technology could help develop new treatments for heart problems, reports trade-mag 3D printing industry.

2. A new tool allows researchers to track the subtle behaviors of animals in real time: SLEAP could help reveal tiny changes in animal behavior that they would otherwise miss (it is also free to use).

1. The war in Ukraine could have implications for uranium imports into the United States: the New York Times reports on why this might particularly affect Indigenous peoples and lands.

Beyond the horizon…

NASA just extended a key Martian Missions, including the Curiosity rover. The Curiosity rover spent almost ten years on Mars. Mark your calendars for August 5, 2022, it’s the tenth anniversary of the Red Planet.

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