evidence-based design for supportive environments

Asthma, Allergens and Children

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Asthma is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult for millions of Americans. Disproportionately affecting low-income, minority and inner city populations, the prevalence of asthma “hotspots” in these neighborhoods can be two to three times greater.

This research project is an early articulation of The West Studio’s understanding and advocacy for taking an environmental approach to reducing asthma triggers in urban environments. Over the course of the past 10 years we have continued to build on this research, monitoring new evidence and developing strategies and tactics to incorporate our finding into each of our projects.

"Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have." Margaret Mead

DATES
2004-Present

RESEARCHER AND AUTHOR
Audrey West

TEAM
Current Team: The West Studio
Original Team: Seattle Housing Authority, MITHUN, Nakano Associates

RECOGNITION
WASLA Professional Special Mention Award, Asthma, Allergens and Children: Reducing Allergens in the Urban Environment. 2005

PUBLICATIONS
Asthma, Allergens and Children; Reducing Allergens in the Public and Private Landscape, Report for High Point Housing Redevelopment, 2004

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce article “Low-Allergy Landscapes; Nothing to Sneeze At.” April 22, 2004

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