Achieving Green, Healthy Cities

Topics for Achieving Green, Healthy Cities:

Physical Planning for Healthy Cities
Ten-Minute Neighborhoods and Town Centers
Healthy Buildings, Healthy Architecture
Healthy Transportation Planning
How Public Health and Planning Collaborate
Counteracting Environmental Health Inequalities
Urban Design for a Hospitable Public Realm
Streets, Squares and Special Places
Green and Blue in the Livable City
Regeneration Projects
Lifetime Communities
A Green Healthy City for Children
Pedestrian Paths
Community Participation in Planning and Reshaping the City
Learning from Bristol

Physical Planning for a Healthy City

  • Balancing economic (GDP) with healthy, livable, and sustainable planning goals
  • Rewriting (or abandoning?) zoning codes
  • Do excessive building heights impact health, equity and livability?
  • Etc.

Ten-Minute Neighborhoods and Town Centers in a Healthy City

  • What is required in a Ten-Minute Neighborhood?
  • Creating a neighborhood’s social hub
  • Balanced population: ages and income levels
  • Etc.

Healthy Buildings,  Healthy Architecture

  • Connected urban fabric v. towers
  • Expressing a city’s architectural DNA
  • “Background” architecture v. “starchitecture"
  • Etc.

Healthy Transportation Planning 

  • Balancing modes of walking, biking, transit and auto
  • The LoS Debate: “Level of Service” or “Livability of Streets”
  • Rebuilding and Streetscaping Urban Arterial Roads
  • Etc.

How Public Health and Planning Collaborate in the Healthy City

  • Impact of the built environment on physical, social and mental health
  • Health Impact Assessments
  • Focusing Planning Guidelines and General Plans
  • Teaching connections between public health and planning
  • Etc.

Counteracting Environmental Health Inequalities

  • Counteracting food deserts, park deserts, transit deserts
  • Mechanisms to ensure affordable housing for all
  • Preventing gentrification while reviving neighborhoods
  • Etc.

Urban Design for a Hospitable Public Realm

  • The city designed for the pedestrian experience
  • Form-based codes, urban design guidelines
  • The “Flat City”, or the “Pointy City”?
  • Etc.

Street Design in the Healthy City

  • Creating streets where people want to be
  • From Traffic Calming to Urban Oases
  • Healthy Street Design
  • Etc.

Sociable Squares and Special Places in the Healthy City

  • Designing a successful sociable square: surrounding building uses and scale
  • Location at pedestrian crossing points, removing traffic
  • Designing for social life
  • Etc.

Green and Blue in the Livable City

  • Ten-minute access to parks, school gardens and community gardens
  • Green streets, the urban forest
  • Habitat connectivity, human connectivity
  • Etc.

Regeneration Projects in the Healthy City

  • Strengthening community identity and saving embodied energy
  • Reviving neighborhoods and city centers
  • Creative reuse, sparking creativity
  • Etc.

Lifetime Communities in the Healthy City

  • A complete neighborhood suitable for all ages
  • Accessibility issues for young and old
  • Designing to strengthen social networks
  • Etc.

A Green Healthy City for Children

  • Children’s needs for fresh air, exercise, healthy food
  • Accommodating children’s need for increasing independence 
  • Ensuring children’s access to community social life
  • Etc.

Pedestrian Paths in the Healthy City 

  • Waterfront paths, green paths, neighborhood shortcuts
  • Lively pedestrian alleys in the city center
  • Commuting on foot
  • Etc.

Wayfinding in the Healthy City 

  • Paths, edges, nodes and landmarks
  • Paving, public art, squares and vistas
  • Etc.

Festivals for a Healthy City

  • Regenerating community spirit
  • Celebrating social and cultural identities
  • Etc.

Community Participation in Planning and Shaping the Healthy City

  • Rebuilding neighborhoods with community involvement
  • Young people build their future
  • Etc.

Learning from Bristol

  • See: City of Bristol


Photo credits: Destination Bristol