The Integration Of Health Into Planning In Turkish Cities

Authored by: Nalan Fidan , Ercüment Yilmaz

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407

10.4324/9781315728261.ch35

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Abstract

As discussed in earlier chapters of this book, there are various determinants of health such as environmental conditions, socio-economic conditions, quality of life, housing quality, well-being and lifestyle. Many of these determinants are directly relevant to the responsibilities of local governments or are directly affected by the actions taken by local governments. In this chapter, projects from three Turkish municipalities that put health into the heart of planning are examined. These projects each have a different focus. In Bursa, environmental improvements increase active transport and social opportunities. In Karşıyaka, a bicycle based transportation system (KARBİS) has been used as a method to reduce motorised traffic and create an environmentally friendly and recreative transportation system. The final example in Kocaeli is the transformation of an old paper mill into a public park (SEKA PARK). All of the examples have the potential to affect a large number of people, support healthier lifestyles and transform unhealthy settings to healthier places that may improve human health.

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