Whether it’s exercise, stress levels, or sleep, the buildings that surround us can help—or hurt—us, depending on how they’re built. As cities move toward green buildings, researchers are taking into account how the amount of time people spend indoors—90 percent of our lives—affects health. As a result, architects and city planners are designing buildings to create a better quality of life in our urban areas.
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This article is part of our Urban Expeditions series, an initiative made possible by a grant from United Technologies to the National Geographic Society.