1st Edition

Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing

Edited By Christopher T. Boyko, Rachel Cooper, Nick Dunn Copyright 2021
    256 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing draws on original research that brings together dimensions of cities we know have a bearing on our health and wellbeing – including transportation, housing, energy, and foodways – and illustrates the role of design in delivering cities in the future that can enhance our health and wellbeing. It aims to demonstrate that cities are a complex interplay of these various dimensions that both shape and are shaped by existing and emerging city structures, governance, design, and planning. Explaining how to consider these interconnecting dimensions in the way in which professionals and citizens think about and design the city for future generations’ health and wellbeing, therefore, is key. The chapters draw on UK case and research examples and make comparison to international cities and examples.

    This book will be of great interest to researchers and students in planning, public policy, public health, and design.

    1. Introduction

    2. What do City Dwellers Want for Themselves and their Cities? Implications for Planning Liveable Cities

    3. Mobilities for Wellbeing: Hedonism or Eudaimonism?

    4. Transport and Wellbeing in the Future City

    5. Nature’s Contribution to Health and Wellbeing in the City

    6. Energy, Wellbeing and Cities

    7. Design for Food and Wellbeing in Future Cities

    8. Future-Proofing Residential Environments for Children’s Wellbeing: A Review of Evidence and Design Implications

    9. From Precarity to Interdependence: The Role of Age-friendly Communities in Promoting Wellbeing in Excluded Communities

    10. Buildings for Health, Cities for Wellbeing

    11. Health, Wellbeing and Urban Design

    12. Making Space for Culture and Wellbeing in the City

    13. Directions for Change in Technology and Wellbeing in the City

    14. Work, wellbeing and the city

    15. Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing: Summary of Implications for Design



    Christopher T. Boyko is a 50th Anniversary Lecturer in Design at Lancaster University. He explores critical connections between urban design and behaviour, informing both design practice and policy. He has undertaken research on the relationship between wellbeing, sharing, and neighbourhoods for the Liveable Cities project; urban density and decision-making processes on Urban Futures; and urban design decision-making process and sustainability for VivaCity2020. He is currently working on the Remembering Resistance project, focussing on activism and public space.

    Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She was a Lead Expert for the UK Government Foresight programme on the Future of Cities, and the Academy of Medical Sciences addressing ‘the health of the public 2040’. She is now on the Expert Steering Group for the UK Partnership for Prevention Research and a UK representative on the ICSU Scientific Committee for Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment.

    Nick Dunn is Professor of Urban Design and Executive Director of Imagination, the design research lab at Lancaster University, UK. He is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Social Futures, exploring new ways to envision and analyse the futures of people, places, and planet. He has authored numerous books, journal articles, and commissioned reports. Nick's expertise on cities, design, futures, and health has led to curated exhibitions and keynotes around the world.

    "This deeply informative book addresses the single issue of wellbeing within the complex environment of the city. In doing so it reveals, one elegant chapter at a time, how human lives are impacted by systems of urban systems: including mobility, infrastructure, the built and natural environment, industry and culture. In calling for better data and better tools to understand the interdependencies that influence wellbeing, the authors quite correctly place the importance of caring for the way we live in cities alongside the urgency of the climate emergency." - Tim Stonor, Space Syntax

    "The chapters gathered for Designing Future Cities provide important insights into how an individual’s health and wellbeing are shaped by a diverse array of issues ranging from urban density, transport and walkability, to access to nature, culture and food." - Laura Vaughan, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK

    "Wellbeing is perhaps the most important hidden issue of our time.  It features neither in the business models that guide city investments, nor adequately in sustainability and resilience debates, yet it largely determines our quality of life.  This book helps rebalance the discourse on 21st Century city development and should be required reading for urban professionals."Professor Chris Rogers, University of Birmingham, UK