Sustainable development, health and quality of life are strongly interconnected. According to the WHO’s wide definition of wellbeing, the quality of living is a complex concept that includes physical, social and psychological aspects. Spatial and urban planning policies play a crucial role for shaping urban environment and, as a consequence, the health of citizens. In order to have more attractive cities in the future, professionals involved into planning processes, as well as local authorities, should focus on major determinants of urban health and sustainability. The study discussed in this paper shows how local authorities might support planning and design processes by a set of performance criteria aimed at assessing the quality of built environment and its effects on public health. The use of this evaluation system in the city of Milano (Italy) has highlighted some criticisms under health perspective in urban development projects, although they are consistent with land laws and regulations.

How to assess the effects of urban plans on environment and health

CAPOLONGO, STEFANO;BUFFOLI, MADDALENA;OPPIO, ALESSANDRA
2015

Abstract

Sustainable development, health and quality of life are strongly interconnected. According to the WHO’s wide definition of wellbeing, the quality of living is a complex concept that includes physical, social and psychological aspects. Spatial and urban planning policies play a crucial role for shaping urban environment and, as a consequence, the health of citizens. In order to have more attractive cities in the future, professionals involved into planning processes, as well as local authorities, should focus on major determinants of urban health and sustainability. The study discussed in this paper shows how local authorities might support planning and design processes by a set of performance criteria aimed at assessing the quality of built environment and its effects on public health. The use of this evaluation system in the city of Milano (Italy) has highlighted some criticisms under health perspective in urban development projects, although they are consistent with land laws and regulations.
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Multicriteria evaluation; Public health; Urban design; Urban Studies; Geography, Planning and Development; 1213
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