Stress and the City – The book on the subject

„Cities make us ill. Still, they are good for us“, says Mazda Adli, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and author of the book “Stress and the City”

Does city life make us ill? As a matter of fact, several mental diseases occur more often in urban areas than on the countryside. The brain of city dwellers does apparently react to stress in a different way than the brain of rural inhabitants. At the same time, urban populations benefit from the unique possibilities of city life – like culture and education, access to a wide range of medical care and, more generally, broader options for personal development.

In his new book “Stress and the City”, Mazda Adli explains how our brain processes the permanent stimuli of the city. What exactly is urban stress, and how does it touch us? Which roles assume infrastructure, social structures, culture, health care and architecture in making cites not only an attractive, but also a healthy living environment? In a lecture and book launch in the Q Club at Deutsche Bank’s “Quartier Zukunft”, author Mazda Adli discussed these and other questions with the futurologist Ludwig Engel, the urban sociologist Martina Löw and the architect Jürgen Mayer H.

„Stress and the City“ is a result of Mazda Adli’s work in the interdisciplinary Forum on Neuro-Urbanism: „Neuro-Urbanism is a new term to describe something that didn’t use to exist: a collaborative effort by urban researchers, architects and neuroscientists.


In a nutshell, Neuro-Urbanism is the scientific study of the interplay between the social environment we have constructed and our psychological state of mind, emotions, behaviors and thoughts.” The interdisciplinary Forum on Neuro-Urbanism was founded in 2015 by Mazda Adli, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and other experts.

„Stress and the City“ – book launch at Q Club in „Quartier Zukunft“ of Deutschen Bank in Berlin on 10 May 2017.
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