Greg Mews is fascinated by the complexity of cities and people which live in them. He is concerned that the urban environments we have created in the second half of 20th century may struggle in the future to provide coziness for its people.
We increasingly live in badly planned, sprawling urban environments that fail to support us physically or emotionally, argues urbanist, Greg Mews. Greg would rather we take an approach founded on “coziness”; an attitude and practice whereby we feel comfortable for ourselves, our children and the elderly of our cities and urban environments to participate in urban life.
In this talk at TEDxCanberra 2012, the peripatetic Mews offers up a number of ways we can reintroduce coziness into our built environments.
Twelve years ago Gregor Mews developed a genuine curiosity to figure out what makes people feel cozy and comfortable in different environments around the globe.
He has studied and lived through several different socio-political systems that have formed and shaped the built environment in various forms. Growing up in East Germany, living in the US and working as an urban planner/ designer in Colombia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Netherlands, and Australia has defined and shaped his thinking.
Greg believes that the environments we create ultimately influences how we behave and interact. With an integrated, efficient and holistic approach we can ensure many generations to come have “cozy” and “comfortable” places to live for fulfilling lives.