Elliot Johnston September 25 2016
“Build it and they will come,” says scientist analysing the link between urban design and health…
Could sprawling cities should be a thing of the past? If new research into the link between urban planning and population health is taken on board at a policy level, maybe they will.
A research group from the University of Melbourne – the worst performing city in the study’s sample – has found that a city-wide focus on sustainable transport – in the shape of cycling and walking – could deliver huge health gains in the future and should steer policy change.
The research has been published in a three-paper series in the UK medical journal The Lancet
Named “Urban Design,” the series features contributions from academics based at leading global institutions, and explores the health outcomes that could be gained through changes to urban transport systems and infrastructure designs in five major cities from around the globe.
The cities chosen were Melbourne, Boston, London, Copenhagen, Sao Paulo, and Delhi.