Can architecture and urban design really make a difference for public health?
ABSOLUTELY is the conclusion drawn by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in their City health check report, and they have the case studies to prove it.
City heath check: How design can save lives and money compares three serious health problems in nine major cities across England and then illustrates, with case studies and practical recommendations, how urban and architectural design can help create the solution through more healthy and walkable urban environments.
“Our City health check uncovers two clear lessons: First, there is a clear link between land use and public health in cities. Second, people say it is the quality, not quantity, of streets and parks that will encourage them to walk more.”