Improving Health Through Community Urban Planning
On the one hand, contemporary cities are called to come to terms with the local community’s renewed role as co-manager, co-designer, and co-producer of the living spaces. On the other hand, they must consider the role that urban design can play in designing health-based cities. In order to highlight and reflect on these themes, this chapter draws on some best practices: New York and Toronto for North America and Medellín, Santiago de Chile, and Porto Alegre for South America. These themes hold notable importance in urban policies and, albeit from different points of view, aim to improve the quality of life in these cities. The experiences referred to in this Chapter show how urban planning favorable to health amplifies the need to draw on local and experiential knowledge of the urban environment reflected in the community.
KeywordsUrban design Community urban planning Health-based cities Resilient communities Quality of life
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