Spatial Planning, Urban Design, Transport and Human Health – Much more than footpaths and cycleways
February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Speaker(s): Lorraine D'Arcy
Affiliation: Social Sciences Research Cluster
Organised by: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway
Discussions around the built environment and health frequently focus on the provision of more greenspaces, footpaths and cycleways. However, when designed without consideration for local context or needs they can actually depreciate the health potential of a neighbourhood. Plus, the health impacts of community design are much more complex than just these provisions.
In this seminar Dr Lorraine D’Arcy will outline some of the key challenges identified in a mixed methods study engaging designers, local representatives, health professionals, advocates and communities. Recommendations will be made on how we can all work together to create health enhancing neighbourhoods.
This is one of a series of seminars in the Whitaker Ideas Forum. Lorraine will be representing the Social Sciences Research Cluster.