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Smart Planning for Healthy Cities (Urban Space Is Not Just a Place): Leading Cities to a Healthier Future

Smart Planning for Healthy Cities (Urban Space Is Not Just a Place): Leading Cities to a Healthier Future
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Author(s): Konstantinos Asikis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), Marta Rofin Serra (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain) and Georgia Skoufi (Independent Researcher, Greece)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 14
Source title: Smart Cities, Citizen Welfare, and the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ana Cristina Pego (Nova University, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7785-1.ch014

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Abstract

Cities are constantly increasing their importance, from any point of view: population, energy, food, transport. Healthy cities aim at wellbeing for all by creating urban spaces capable of inclusive community prosperity. Place is the combined tangible and intangible context of a location. It includes the integrated urban ecosystem: the constructed, environmental, social, economic, and cultural status. It is a human, natural, and artificial habitat whose combined conditions are able to upgrade or harm health and wellbeing. Its significant impact on people's life happens through a variety of ways, positive or negative, physical or mental. There are several urban determinants that affect the health indicators, which help us measure this impact. This process is named health impact assessment. It is conducted via specific tools, and till now it showed us that the urban environment affects public health much more than the medical system. On the other side, only vigorous communities are able to ensure thriving culture and economy, urban and regional sustainability and development.

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