Interactions between Public Health and Urban Design

Authored by: Marlon G. Boarnet , Lois M. Takahashi

Companion to Urban Design

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415553643
eBook ISBN: 9780203844434
Adobe ISBN: 9781136920097


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Interest in the links between urban design and public health has exploded in recent years (e.g. Jackson 2003; Corburn 2004; Srinivasan et al. 2003). In this chapter, we review the historical interaction between public health and urban design and we summarize insights from the past decade’s burst of research that seeks to build bridges between the two fields. We note that public health has typically conceptualized the urban design field in limited ways. We call for urban designers to take an active role in moving toward a more holistic view of what urban design is and can offer to the study and practice of public health, and we close with some observations on how a more sophisticated and robust urban design–public health link can be built.

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