Urban Mind

Help us understand how city living is affecting mental well-being.

Urban Mind is an app that measures your experience of city living in the moment. After downloading and installing the app on your iphone or android smartphone, Urban Mind requires you to provide some basic information about your lifestyle and mental wellbeing. Once you have provided this, you will be asked to answer questions about the characteristics of your urban environment, lifestyle and mental well being seven times per day over a period of one week.

Download the App here

During each assessment you will also have the option of taking a photograph of the ground or floor where you are standing and/or a 15 second audio recording of your surrounding environment and submitting them to Urban Mind; these photographs and audio files may be used for a digital art exhibition related to the study.

By collecting real-time data about the characteristics of your urban environment and your state of mind, we will be able to understand how different aspects of the urban environment affect mental wellbeing. We hope that the results will inform future urban planning and social policy aimed at improving design & health. This is a pilot study that will inform the development of a larger international investigation.

Our goal is to develop specific and implemetable design and policy strategies to improve cities and the lives of city-dwellers. 

This project is a collaboration between King’s College LondonJ&L Gibbons, Van Alen Institute, The Sustainable Society Network, A+E & Nomad Projects