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Glaria, F. (Francisco); Arnedo, I. (Israel); Sánchez-Ostiz, A. (Ana). "Advances in residential design related to the influence of geomagnetism". International journal of environmental research and public health. 15 (2), 2018, 387
: Since the origin of the Modern Movement, there has been a basic commitment to improving
housing conditions and the well-being of occupants, especially given the prediction that 2/3 of
humanity will reside in cities by 2050. Moreover, a compact model of the city with tall buildings
and urban densification at this scale will be generated. Continuous constructive and technological
advances have developed solid foundations on safety, energy efficiency, habitability, and sustainability
in housing design. However, studies on improving the quality of life in these areas continue to be a
challenge for architects and engineers. This paper seeks to contribute health-related information to
the study of residential design, specifically the influence of the geomagnetic field on its occupants.
After compiling information on the effects of geomagnetic fields from different medical studies
over 23 years, a case study of a 16-story high-rise building is presented, with the goal of proposing
architectural design recommendations for long-term occupation in the same place. The purpose of
the present work is three-fold: first, to characterize the geomagnetic field variability of buildings;
second, to identify the causes and possible related mechanisms; and third, to define architectural
criteria on the arrangement of uses and constructive elements for housing.