Bringing the healthier places agenda into teaching and the architecture studios
Marco, E. and Bird, C. (2011) Bringing the healthier places agenda into teaching and the architecture studios. PROJECT: Journal of the Department of Planning and Architecture, 3. pp. 8-11. ISSN 2042-7654
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It is widely accepted that climate change, obesity, community infrastructure, air quality and noise pollution are all linked to health risks. However, evidence also shows that each is impacted on by the form of the built environment, and as such, the built environment is seen as an important ‘wider determinant of health’. The professionals responsible for our built environment therefore need to understand the consequences of their actions on public health and be aware of their ability to influence the health and well being of the population. Consequently, educational institutions need to be equipped to deliver such health-aware planners, urban designers, architects, and landscape- and transport-professionals. This article reflects on initiatives at the University of the West of England to bring together educational practitioners to support the health agenda in built environment curricula and to introduce health into the architectural curriculum as a major driver for sustainable design.
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