Sunday Reads (Lite): 09.27.2015

It's officially autumn which is UI Lab's favorite time of the year. Not only does it mean all manner of pumpkin-infused goodness, but this is also when we start to catch a break from Miami's incessant heat. And that makes heading outside less of a test of willpower and endurance and more of a pleasant experience that reminds us just how great living in Miami can be. 

Naturally, when we think of being outside we think of walking, biking and general city exploration. That's why this week's article about streets with no game immediately caught our attention. Colin Ellard built on an already robust understanding of street and city design by testing people's emotional states as they walked along very differently-designed city blocks.

As it turns out, how we design and build our urban environments affects us emotionally in measurable ways, and this emotional response may even turn out to be an important public health indicator.


Downtown Miami Population

Data Source: Miami DDA 2014 Demographics Report

In Miami, the issue of design is ever more pressing as buildings continue to rise, and population increases are projected with no slowdown in sight. The development of smart, walkable, livable streets is more than just a generational trend; it is a matter of health and (measurable) happiness. To bring this point home we've put together this handy graphic to capture of our thoughts this week and illustrate a few basic elements of good street design.  

And with that, we're heading out for a delightful stroll in search of Miami's happiest streets and maybe even a pumpkin spice latte.