City design, human health linked in Urban Land Institute reports
Two new Urban Land Institute (ULI) reports, Intersections: Health and the Built Environment and Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places, explore ideas for designing cities that promote active lifestyles. The reports mark the kick-off of ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, a two-year research effort launched in July that examines how urban design can foster wellness and social interaction, the Institute says.
The Intersections report concludes that cities can build their way to better health with “active transportation,” such as walking and cycling, fewer parking spaces to dissuade car use, and more full-service grocers. The report highlights more than two dozen innovative projects worldwide.
Ten Principles offers fundamental advice for cultivating healthier cities, such as integrating health considerations into city planning, designing for people rather than cars and accommodating a range of physical abilities and ages.