with Alisa Nurmansyah


Why are people so lonely in cities?


Alisa Nurmansyah is recent graduate from New York University. She has a double major in Economics and Urban Design and Architecture. Alisa has interned at NYC's Department of Parks and Rec-
reation this summer. Yes, super active. That's
why I often call her parks lady or Leslie Knope, but of course there are so many other things she's interested beyond parks. In this episode, we tal-
ked about how design can create solutions to our loneliness at public spaces and school campuses, but mostly we chatted about how lonely people
are in cities.

The Loneliness Epidemic - General Vivek Murthy
Exploring Student Loneliness in Higher Education: A Discursive Psychology Approach - Lee Oakly
Bystander Effect and Diffusion of Responsibility Theory
The Lonely City - Olivia Laing
The Social life of Small Urban Spaces - William H. Whyte
Community and Society - Georg Simmel and Ferdinand Tönnies
Transcript with visuals:


Alisa Nurmansyah: There’s so much opportunity for that area* to be the social engagement spot for kids to interact with one another, if there was better seating, if the chairs were oriented a different way, if the tables weren’t oriented to the wall. There’s a lot of space there that would be able to help the community.
*The lobby area of the Art History & Urban Design department


Alisa Nurmansyah: That space* is like really really good cause like it's kind of a plaza and it's kind of an outdoors spot. There's great sha-
ding for trees but then it's just not utilized in the most effective way because there's just a lack of seating, a lack availability for people to just like chill and hang out. It's a really good area.
*The plaza next the Bobst Library