Webinar Healthy Urban Spatial Planning on 29 October

16 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

Decoding the exposome

Decoding the exposome

The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...

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