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Joy Knoblauch & Sara Stevens
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First, a framework of truisms needs to be stated: social justice is health. Racial justice is health. Mental health is health. Disability justice is health. Foreclosure and housing affordability are health issues, even more so in a pandemic. Police violence and food deserts unfairly harm Black people. The bodymind is troubled by diet, stress, and social environments. Physical and mental alterity encounter disabling physical and bureaucratic environments. As we take on the topic of health, we prompt our readers and ourselves to also ask, whose health are we talking about? Who decides whose health matters and at what costs? Where are inequalities visible and where can the built environment promote greater wellness for more humans and, in this age of climate collapse, for nonhumans as well? Health is a complex, culturally, and historically constructed concept and its intersections with architecture and urban design are far from simple.

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