Beautiful urban architecture boosts health as much as green spaces

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Beautiful urban architecture boosts health as much as green spaces

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Beautiful urban architecture boosts health as much as green spaces

A stroll around St Paul’s Cathedral could be just as benefical to health as a walk in the countryside, say researchers at the University of Warwick

A brisk walk in the countryside or a stroll along the beach is a well-known mood booster and health experts have long recommended getting out of the city improve physical and mental wellbeing.

But a new study suggests that beautiful urban architecture, the sweep of docklands, or a gritty suburban river bank can have just as much impact on health and happiness levels.

Researchers at the University of Warwick say it is ‘scenery’ not just ‘greenery’ which is important when determining what makes a positive environment.

So for Londoners gazing up at St Paul’s Cathedral, viewing the cityscape of Canary Wharf, or enjoying the majestic sight of HMS Belfast berthed on The Thames, are just as beneficial as getting out into the wilds of Britain. […]

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