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The Elephant in the Planning Room - Show notes

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Season 2 Episode 3: The Elephant in the Planning Room with Michelle Ogundehin and Matthew Carmona



At what point does the environment we live in affect our wellbeing and what can be done about it? Internationally renowned interiors guru Michelle Ogundehin, and urban design and planning professor Matthew Carmona are both on hand to share their expertise when it comes to the built environment, interior design and their links to a positive mindset. From the impact of the external spaces we are surrounded by, to the right way to realising the power of our homes, and how to promote a healthy place to live.

Episode Description

“It is imperative that we learn to create homes that truly support and sustain us.”

Interior and external environments affect our health and wellbeing in ways that we are only now beginning to truly understand: from the impact of the urban spaces that are fundamentally unhealthy due to air pollution and noise, to acknowledging the changes that colour, daylight, mess and a good night’s sleep can have on our mood and happiness. But what is the solution; and what changes should be made to improve the overall health of the public?

Award winning expert in all things interior design, Michelle Ogundehin, and experienced architect, planner and professor of urban design, Matthew Carmona, seek to explore the avenues towards a healthier environment, bringing a higher quality of life. Whether it’s the promotion of wellbeing in new developments, shifting mindsets towards adaptable spaces over bigger spaces, or thinking about improving and not moving, Michelle and Matthew delve into their considerable research to share their thoughts on this episode.

Michelle Ogundehin is a writer, author, TV presenter, a trustee of the Design Museum, and visiting professor at the Manchester School of Architecture. Her work as editor-in-chief of British ELLE Decoration saw her collect numerous accolades. She is internationally renowned for her authority on interiors, colours and styles, and her new book ‘Happy Inside’ is out now, promoting the link between the home and wellbeing. You can find out more at: https://michelleogundehin.com/ 

Prof Matthew Carmona is Professor of Planning and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, where his research has focussed on urban design, the governance of design quality, and the design and management of public spaces. He is an advisor to governments in the UK and abroad. He is chair of the Place Alliance, which advocates for the importance of high quality built environment. You can find out more at: https://matthew-carmona.com/about/ 

Public Health Disrupted with Rochelle Burgess and Xand Van Tulleken is produced by Buckers at Decibelle Creative, find her on Instagram: @decibelle_creative and here: https://www.decibellecreative.com