Journal article

Changing the urban design of cities for health: the superblock model

Natalie Mueller, David Rojas-Rueda, Haneen Khreis, Marta Cirach, David Andrés, Joan Ballester, Xavier Bartoll, Carolyn Daher, Anna Deluca, Cynthia Echave, Carles Milà, Sandra Márquez, Joan Palou, Katherine Pérez, Cathryn Tonne, Mark Stevenson, Salvador Rueda, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Environment International | Elsevier BV | Published : 2019


Background: Car-dependent city planning has resulted in high levels of environmental pollution, sedentary lifestyles and increased vulnerability to the effects of climate change. The Barcelona Superblock model is an innovative urban and transport planning strategy that aims to reclaim public space for people, reduce motorized transport, promote sustainable mobility and active lifestyles, provide urban greening and mitigate effects of climate change. We estimated the health impacts of implementing this urban model across Barcelona. Methods: We carried out a quantitative health impact assessment (HIA) study for Barcelona residents ≥20 years (N = 1,301,827) on the projected Superblock area le..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Maria Foraster for helpful advice on the noise analyses and Gloria Carrasco for taking the pictures of the Sant Antoni Superblock. JB gratefully acknowledges funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements No 727852 (project Blue-Action), 730004 (project PUCS) and 737480 (Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship ACCLIM). The climate-fit. city is developed as part of the PUCS project, which has received funding from the European Union's H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 73004.