Healthy city manifesto: can we afford to keep urban planning and design away from public health?
Zaman, Quazi Mahtab M.
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MAHTAB-UZ-ZAMAN, Q.M. 2013. Healthy city manifesto: can we afford to keep urban planning and design away from public health? Global built environment review [online], 8(3), pages 3-10. Available from: http://www.globalbuiltenvironmentreview.co.uk/Documents/8.3%20Commentary%20(final).pdf
Conventional notion and praxis of unravelling the discipline of 'urban planning and design' from 'built environment and health' [Corburn, 2004] has contributed to urban conditions unwieldy enough to question the liveability and sustainability [Hill & Peters, 1998] of environment. Growing evidence of unswerving yet meandering effects of the planning actions on environment; and subsequently on public health suggests bridging strong link between planners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, zoning boards, city councils - all who make decisions on planning and urban design strategies [Botchwey et al, 2009]. By rejuvenating the subject of 'health and the environment', can we emphasize that the 'environment' should be understood as the interplay between ecology (biological), physical (natural & built), social, political, aesthetic, and economic environments [Institute of Medicine, 2001]. This commentary unfolds the notion of healthy city manifestos by exploring the theoretical linkage between urban planning and design and reinforces the needs for professionals' dialogue in generating hybrid discipline towards sustainable outcome in built environment.