WUF Webinar: Can LA Plan Its Way Out of a Loneliness Crisis?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in the Harvard Business Review, “During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness.” This “epidemic,” he said, is “associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity.” The uncertainty and isolation surrounding COVID-19 has worsened this epidemic, as social distancing and quarantining have disrupted common ways of connecting with others.

This month, WUF will consider how the built environment, including temporary initiatives to expand outdoor dining, shopping, and physical activity during COVID, influences opportunities for social interaction, and in what ways these methods of interacting impact health and define community. How does urban or architectural design either remediate or proliferate social isolation? How can cities create spaces that are inclusive and designed to promote social cohesion? What examples of this are we seeing in
Westside communities? And whose job is it to consider and implement such solutions? How can these solutions serve the most vulnerable residents and advance social justice? Please join us to consider how cities in the Los Angeles region can become friendlier and healthier.

Lisa Parson, Special Assistant to City Manager for Equity and Economic Recovery, City of Santa Monica
Matthew Lister, Partner and Managing Director, Gehl
Frances Anderton, Host/Producer, DnA: Design and Architecture, KCRW
Caroline Cicero, Instructional Associate Professor of Gerontology Director, USC Age Friendly University Initiative



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Zoom information will be sent to all participants on the morning of August 11th.

August 11, 2020 at 12pm - 1:10pm
ZOOM Webinar
none, CA 91710
United States
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Christyne Buteyn · · 310-322-1520
Annalea Forrest Wendelin Slusser Will Burrington Stephanie Reich Hannah Levy Ira Handelman David Waite Rick Cole Brett Mascaro Judy Abdo Renee Fortier Mario Violich Paolo Kespradit Libby Bradley Natalie Teear Curtis Zacuto Sarah Padilla Val Born Scott Baker Michael Phillips Tom De Simone Ryan Kelly Emily Rus Daniel Millner Hilary Norton Allan Alexander Ryland Lu Catherine Yanda Gerhard Mayer James Rojas Wally Marks Sherry Hoffman Lesley Roberts Angela Anthony Chloe Cuffel Christyne Buteyn

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