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Designing Healthy Houses and Cities: The Roles of Architects and Science

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A “healthy building” was defined as one that is harmful neither to its occupants nor to the larger environment (Levin, 1995a). This, in fact, is an inadequate definition, focusing only on one requirement, that there be an absence of unhealthy conditions or influences.  But beyond this absence there must also be a favorable environment, one that is functionally and aesthetically supportive of healthy lives. Functionally it must satisfy the basic needs of the occupants in a healthy and supportive way. Aesthetically it must be harmonious, peaceful, and pleasing.