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AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City

The Invisible made Visible Phase 1


  • Guides value driven change in complex societies

  • Introduces a new view of developing cities for sustainable progress and stable economies

  • Documents the start of a new era

  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs on Case Studies of Sustainable Development (BRIEFSCSSD)

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Potted Review of Economic Theory: The Complex Evolving System

    • Benjamin Aaron Rosen
    Pages 1-12Open Access
  3. Early Days: From Personal Awareness to Group Commitment

    • Jean-Paul Close, Marco van Lochem, Edwin Weijtmans, Mary Ann Schreurs, Alfred Stein, René Otjes et al.
    Pages 13-50Open Access
  4. “The Invisible Made Visible”: Science and Technology

    • Nicholas A.S. Hamm, Marco van Lochem, Gerard Hoek, René Otjes, Sandra van der Sterren, Hans Verhoeven
    Pages 51-77Open Access
  5. Experiences After 5 Years of AiREAS and 1 Year of ILM

    • Jean-Paul Close, Sandra van der Sterren, Marco van Lochem, René Otjes, Mary-Ann Schreurs
    Pages 79-110Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 111-113

About this book

This book describes the coming about and first results of the AiREAS "healthy city" cooperative in the city of Eindhoven and Province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. AiREAS is an initiative focused on the multidisciplinary co-creation of healthy cities using the core human value of human health and air quality as guiding principle for profound regional innovation. The unique group process that followed uses the complexity of the city of Eindhoven as living lab. It is an anthropology based initiative that invites directly to the same table of core innovative responsibility the local government, innovative business partners, scientific insights and research, and civilian participation. The first phase is described here in which the consortium decided to want to make the invisible of air pollution and human exposure visible for the integral innovative participation of all city's core pillars (policy, education, infrastructure, culture and entrepreneurship). The experience is unique in the world and proceeding now with more phases in Eindhoven and the role out of the same working format in other cities. This Brief is made available to inspire the world to address together the most complex issues of our current era: pollution, climate and core human values. 


  • AiREAS
  • healthy city
  • sustainable progress
  • public health
  • urban development

Editors and Affiliations

  • AiREAS, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

    Jean-Paul Close

Bibliographic Information

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