Journal article

Urban design and health: progress to date and future challenges

Melanie Lowe, Claire Boulange, Billie Giles-Corti

HEALTH PROMOTION JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Over the last 15 years, a growing body of Australian and international evidence has demonstrated that urban design attributes are associated with a range of health outcomes. For example, the location of employment, shops and services, provision of public and active transport infrastructure and access to open space and recreational opportunities are associated with chronic disease risk factors such as physical activity levels, access to healthy food, social connectedness, and air quality. Despite the growing knowledge base, this evidence is not being consistently translated into urban planning policy and practice in Australia. Low-density neighbourhoods with poor access to public transport, s..

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