Design is a Public Health Intervention
Perkins&Will’s podcast about the power of design arrives January 2022. In Series 1, hosts Monica Kumar and Dr. Erika Eitland dive into the Healthy Buildings Movement and why “design is a public health intervention.”
Unknown Speaker: What comes to your mind when we say the word “built environment?”
Many Speakers: Inhabit
Unknown Speaker: Built environment?
Unknown Speaker: Uh-huh
Unknown Speaker: Built environment…
Unknown Speaker: Oh someone else—hold on
Unknown Speaker: I—I don’t even really know where to go with that, I’m going to be completely honest with you.
Unknown Speaker: I have no clue.
Unknown Speaker: What, then, comes to your mind when we say, “healthy spaces?”
Many Speakers: Inhabit
Unknown Speaker: Is there a place where I can pursue, like social health? Where I’m like, with people, but also like walk or job or bike…
Unknown Speaker: Is it healthy foods, maybe?
Unknown Speaker: Balance…
Unknown Speaker: Collaboration.
Unknown Speaker: Definitely a blend of inside and outside.
Unknown Speaker: Impossible to have one—it’d have to be pollutant free. We’ve got all kinds of stuff in the air that you don’t see
Monica Kumar: Erika, I have to tell you something
Dr. Joe Allen: We’ve really been stuck in the sick building era
Erika Eitland: Hello, hello, Inhabit listeners! [Gasp] Monica! We have listeners right now!
Monica Kumar: Oh my god, do we have listeners?
Many voices: Inhabit is a show about power, power, the power of design
Alison Mears: I think we need to talk about total cost.
Jonsara Ruth: How much do we spend on just treating asthma in this country?
Monica Kumar: A lot of us don’t question the spaces we inhabit
Tracy Enger: We entrust our national treasure—our youth—to these buildings
Erika Eitland: But we’re here to tell you, you do have a voice in how your environment gets built
Monica Kumar: I’m Monica Kumar
Erika Eitland: I’m Dr. Erika Eitland
Monica Kumar: I’m an interior designer
Erika Eitland: And I’m a Public Health scientist
Monica Kumar: At Perkins&Will, a global architecture and design firm
Erika Eitland: And this season, we’re going to go on a journey to define healthy spaces—and how we can harness the power of design to keep our buildings from making us sick
Monica Kumar: We’re gonna give you the science, some history, tell stories, we’ll give you numbers. And, we’ll talk to lots of different people—inside our industry, and outside.
Erika Eitland: Let’s get into it.
Many voices: Inhabit
Monica Kumar: Design is a Public Health Intervention.