How do you create a healthy city?
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25 February 2016
We look at the city as a human habitat and explore how to include our health and needs in the architectural canvas. There are urban fixes and planning decisions that can contribute to our wellbeing so how do you create a city that is healthy for both body and mind?
25 February 2016
While we mostly take a positive stance on the ways cities are trying to make us healthier, we begin this week’s episode with an issue that has been on the news a lot lately – and not for the best of reasons. Our Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers reports on the quality of the city’s air.
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There’s one element that is crucial when creating a healthy city: understanding how people interact with the built environment. UCL’s Nick Tyler spoke to us about the ways our brains respond to stimuli on the street and how vital it is to design a city that people enjoy.
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We couldn’t talk about health without mentioning the World Health Organization but you may be surprised to learn that there is a section of the agency dedicated to urban health. It started in the mid-1980s when the WHO kicked off its Healthy Cities project to engage local governments to promote active change in their cities.
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The way a neighbourhood is planned can have a deep impact on our physical and mental health and designers play a vital role in making us healthier. We speak to Bianca Hermansen, head advisor at Cititek, an urban-quality consultancy based in Copenhagen.
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