Mental space: How do I turn off the world? (in Toronto)

The vibrant and bustling metropolis of Toronto is the perfect setting for exploring the psychology of space. More and more people are moving to cities. What effect does living and working cheek-by-jowl in a stressful urban environment have on the human psyche? How does a fast-paced urban lifestyle impact our physical health? From floor-to-ceiling windows in new condos designed to provide an illusion of visual space to open-concept workplaces and urban green spaces meant to free our minds, a lot of attention has been paid recently to designing better environments. But is this enough to fool us into forgetting what cramped quarters we live in and secure our well-being? Or is a lifestyle overhaul necessary?