The Lancet medical journal published a series of articles that explore how to evaluate and guide urban planning decisions to create healthy and sustainable cities. Live long and prosper!
The Lancet Global Health, Vol. 10, No. 6
Good city planning produces co-benefits for individual and planetary health and wellbeing. In 2016, the Lancet Series on urban design, transport, and health drew attention to the importance of integrated upstream city planning policies as a pathway to creating healthy and sustainable cities, and proposed a set of city planning indicators that could be used to benchmark and monitor progress. In this follow-up series, the authors show how the indicators can guide decisions about what must change in order to create healthy and sustainable cities and how research can be used to guide urban policy to achieve urban and population health. They provide tools that other cities can use to replicate the indicators, and explore “where to next” to create healthy and sustainable cities, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Billie Giles-Corti, Anne Vernez Moudon, Melanie Lowe, Deepti Adlakha, Ester Cerin, Geoff Boeing, and others
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City planning policies to support health and sustainability: an international comparison of policy indicators for 25 cities
Melanie Lowe, Deepti Adlakha, James F Sallis, Deborah Salvo, Ester Cerin, Anne Vernez Moudon, and others
Determining thresholds for spatial urban design and transport features that support walking to create healthy and sustainable cities: findings from the IPEN Adult study
Ester Cerin, James F Sallis, Deborah Salvo, Erica Hinckson, Terry L Conway, Neville Owen, and others
Using open data and open-source software to develop spatial indicators of urban design and transport features for achieving healthy and sustainable cities
Geoff Boeing, Carl Higgs, Shiqin Liu, Billie Giles-Corti, James F Sallis, Ester Cerin, and others
What next? Expanding our view of city planning and global health, and implementing and monitoring evidence-informed policy
Billie Giles-Corti, Anne Vernez Moudon, Melanie Lowe, Ester Cerin, Geoff Boeing, Howard Frumkin, and others
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This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.