How our levels of anxiety dictate how we design our solutions

Joburg

South Africa is an anxious place.

It influences how we design our cities, it's the platform on which our businesses succeed or fail.

Understanding how this anxiety is created, spread and reinforced is vital for successfully designing strategies under these conditions.

I chatted to Prof Nicky Falkof about her research into our national past time; fear.

Her book Worrier State is available at The Book Lounge.

Worrier State – The Book Lounge
Worrier State investigates four case studies in which fear and anxiety appear in radically different ways: the far right myth of ‘white genocide’; so-called ‘Satanist’ murders of young women; an urban legend about township crime; and social theories about safety and goodness in the suburbs. The book…