The built environment influences health and well-being in a myriad of ways. Some neighbourhoods are plagued by busy roads that are a constant source of danger, noise, and air pollution. In some cities there is inadequate green space for children to play and socialise safely. Yet, this book argues, it does not have to be this way. With focus on human health, well-being, and flourishing, this book explores the ways in which people’s lives are impacted by the built environment and how we can create, adapt, and design healthy and inclusive places.
The volume explores the relationship between urban design and human flourishing and initiates broad discussions around relevant questions such as ‘What is a healthy place?’, ‘What influences our perceptions of built environment more? Is it our age or our cultural background?’. The book includes six chapters from internationally renowned authors who attempt to unpack some of the key aspects that urban designers need to consider in order to create places that enable – rather than constrain – individuals and communities to live rich fulfilling lives.
This book will be of great value to students, scholars, and researchers interested in urban design, planning, and in exploring how built environment impacts health and happiness.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Urban Design.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Urban design and human flourishing
Tim G. Townshend
1. What is a healthy place? Models for cities and neighbourhoods
2. Validating a comprehensive plan scoring system for healthy community design in League City, Texas
Jennifer A. Horney, Caroline Dwyer, Bea Vendrell-Velez and Galen Newman
3. The effects of New Urbanism on public health
Hamid Iravani and Venkat Rao
4. Suburban shopping malls as spaces for community health and human flourishing: an Aotearoa New Zealand case study
Chantal Mawer and Rebecca Kiddle
5. Challenging the visual: learning from the mobility narratives of visually impaired persons
Jayne M. Jeffries, Rose Gilroy and Tim Townshend
6. Well-being age and space
Valeria Minucciani and Nilufer Saglar Onay
Tim G. Townshend is Professor of Urban Design for Health and Leader of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) ‘Urban Design and Human Flourishing’ theme at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Tim has established an international profile in health/built environment through a steady output of publications over two decades that has forged links between disciplinary divides.