This book provides a model for the creation of sustainable and healthy cities in the Mediterranean region. It uses the coastal city of L’Alfàs del Pi in Spain as an example for designing renewable and innovative urban models that offer high standards of living, wellbeing and eco-friendly advantages. Quantitative and qualitative analyses are presented by scholars in a wide variety of fields to provide a thorough understanding of the social, cultural, economic, political, physical, environmental and public health influences, through the case study of L'Alfàs del Pi. L’Alfàs del Pi has a geographically unique population made of a mixture of local inhabitants and Northern European residents attracted by the weather conditions and the sea. The chapters in this book explore a series of innovative proposals for addressing concerns in the area, including historic preservation, sustainable transportation, promoting health and physical activity and water conservation. The methodology establishes a strategic approach that serves as a useful reference point for coastal cities, particularly in Mediterranean countries, in the creation of sustainable and healthy cities.
This book will appeal to researchers across the disciplines of tourism, planning, health geography, architecture and urban studies.
Table of Contents
Preface: Health, wellness and sustainability, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean
1. Research on Mediterranean Cities: a short introduction of the interdisciplinary perspectives
2. Analysis and definition of the social, cultural and economic structure and dynamics
3. Exchange and hybridization between disciplines in research and projection of healthy territories in the European Mediterranean basin
4. Preservation of tangible and intangible heritage in Mediterranean cities: research tools and protection action
5. Smart urban development in the Mediterranean city: an assessment framework
6. Exploring the (re)construction of healthy destinations in the Mediterranean
7. Citizen participation in natural and sociocultural landscape: methodology and main results
8. L’Alfàs del Pi: mental maps
9. Urban and interurban mobility, green corridor definitions and strategies of intervention
10. Preliminary assessment practices for the definition of tools and goals of landscape quality in Mediterranean settlements: L’Alfàs del Pi as a case study
11. Domestic environment monitoring and its influence on quality of life
12. Landmark preservation criteria and BIM methodology
13. The use of IoT and AI to achieve the water efficiency in urban environments
Antonio Jiménez-Delgado is Professor in Architectural Constructions at the University of Alicante, Spain. He is Director of the AEDIFICATIO International Research Group (BUILDING. Technology, research and development).
Jaime Lloret is Associate Professor in the Department of Communications at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. He is also the Chair of the Integrated Management Coastal Research Institute (IGIC).