Webinar Healthy Urban Spatial Planning on 29 October

15 September 2020

The Data- and Knowledge Hub Healthy Urban Living, an independent and open public-private platform, initiated by Utrecht University, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Economic Board Utrecht, organises a webinar series on Healthy Urban Design. The third webinar, which takes place on 29 October 2020, focuses on Healthy Urban Spatial Planning.

Adding air quality to city planning-designing thrive zones for the youngest residents

In a collaborative process between project partners Gehl, Copenhagen Solutions Lab, Google Air View, the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Utrecht University, the team investigated how urban planning and local urban design solutions can help to reduce exposure to air pollution, specifically Ultrafine Particles (UFP) and invite people to spend time where air quality is better, with a specific focus on the most vulnerable; small children and their caregivers. As a result, tangible healthy urban living (HUL) design principles have been proposed and are now being implemented and evaluated for their positive impact. This unique transdisciplinary project demonstrates the value of data-driven actionable Healthy Urban Living (HUL) innovations.

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Areas of Expertise

Air quality

Our ultimate goal is that people live healthily for longer

Our ultimate goal is that people live healthily for longer

We know far less about the exposome than we do about the human genome. So far, we only understand about half of the disease burden for which we know the environment plays a role. If we want to prevent people from becoming ill, then we need to understand the other half too. We therefore want to systematically analyse the exposome for the first time. We will start with research into the causes of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The techniques and insights from this research will also be applicable to other chronic conditions.

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