Housing as healthcare: Nelson Mota wins NWO/NRO Comenius Teaching Fellowship
The importance of biodiversity for public health is widely acknowledged. However, few people are aware of how much housing design decisions influence the interaction between humans, non-humans and the diversity of microorganisms that populate our living environment. With the project Housing as Healthcare: Mapping the correlation between housing design, micro biodiversity and health in The Hague Nelson Mota won the NWO/NRO Comenius Teaching Fellowship.
To overcome this knowledge gap, this project engages architecture and (bio-)medicine teachers and students in a transdisciplinary collaboration and cocreation process. Together they will study residential neighbourhoods in The Hague, developing a pioneering combination of environmental microbiome research with ethnographic research and spatial analysis. The outcome of this project will support the development of innovative Microbiome-inspired housing approaches to improve health and well-being.
Since 2017, more than 200 education professionals have received a Comenius grant. With this grant they can put their vision on educational innovation into practice.
Nelson Mota is Associate Professor at the department of Architecture.