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Shifting Priorities for Healthy Places

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City leaders have aimed to produce healthy places for millennia, yet there is not a perfect formula for designing healthy buildings and public spaces. Knowledge of how the urban environment impacts health continues to evolve as do the potential policy and design solutions for healthy cities. Meanwhile, the importance of finding non-medical solutions to health problems has increased due to the costly pressures of rising chronic diseases and an ageing population. This chapter begins with a historical review of planning and designing healthy places, bringing readers up to present-day approaches responding to society’s greatest challenges. A concise summary of the history of healthy development and planning covers ancient civilisations, the British Sanitarians and social reformers, high-rise housing and neighbourhood renewal programmes, and twentieth-century models of sustainable development. The chapter then turns to current policy tools and justifications for improving the built environment’s health impact. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are described alongside national approaches to healthy and sustainable development.

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Pineo, H. (2022). Shifting Priorities for Healthy Places. In: Healthy Urbanism. Planning, Environment, Cities. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-9647-3_2

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