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Healthy urban planning in European cities

Barton, H., Grant, M., Mitcham, C. and Tsourou, C. (2009) Healthy urban planning in European cities. Health Promotion International, 24 (1). i91-i99. ISSN 0957-4824 Available from:

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This article describes the WHO ‘healthy urban planning’ (HUP) initiative as it has developed through the laboratory of the Healthy Cities movement and evaluates the degree to which applicant cities successfully developed plans for HUP. The paper provides a brief historical perspective on the relationship of health and planning and an overview of the ways in which urban spatial development affects health. It then turns to the WHO European Healthy Cities Network (WHO-EHCN) and explains the evolution of the HUP programme through Phase III (1998–2002) of the Healthy Cities Project, showing how the programme has grown from experimental beginnings to being ‘mainstreamed’ in Phase IV (2003–2008). Each city wishing to join the WHO-EHCN in this latter phase produced a programme for further development of HUP, and these were assessed by the Bristol Collaborating Centre. The paper presents the overall results, concluding that a significant progress has been made and the most advanced cities have much to offer municipalities everywhere in the best practice for integrating health into urban planning.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:healthy cities, urban planning, healthy environment
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Architecture and the Built Environment
ID Code:8035
Deposited By: A. Lawson
Deposited On:30 Jun 2010 10:38
Last Modified:26 Sep 2015 21:39

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