Nature and Urban Walking: Comparing India and the United States

Spring 2016 Grant Recipient


Andrew Mondschein (Urban and Enviromental Planning, Architecture) This study investigates the role of nature in urban walking, examining this relationship across cities in India and the United States. A cognitive mapping survey will capture how urban walkers balance access to utilitarian destinations such as work and shopping with proximity to nature. The study is an opportunity to better understand the motivations and benefits of walking across distinct cultures and environments, where tradeoffs between economic opportunity and public health can be observed in the way individuals in India and the US perceive and move through their cities.