Natalia Olszewska is a practicing medical doctor. She also works as the Lead for Human Metrics Lab at HUME, the science-informed architecture and urban design studio created by the architect and researcher Itai Palti. Being a graduate in medicine (Jagiellonian Univeristy & Tor Vergata), neuroscience (Sorbonne Université & ENS), Brain and Mind studies (UCL) and ‘Neuroscience applied to Architectural Design’ (IUAV university) she works between disciplines and aims to create insights which can change our architectural and urban environment and make it more user centred. At work, she combines her deep care for people and their well-being with her passion for architecture and design. Her specific professional interest is the impact of architecture on different aspects of our lives: social, behavioural, health & well-being and cognition.
Smart urbanism has been vaguely defined so far as a set of approaches that seek to make the city more efficient and economically successful through use of digital technologies and networks. The urban future, however is not only a technical and economic problem, what seems to be overlooked is the human dimension. Some human needs are universal, but they need to be contextualised into place and geography.