“The creation of the social and built environment guided by architecture and urban design is a process defined by decision points. The long-lasting effects of these decisions are increasingly understood to be determinants of human health. The social and built environment guide our behaviour, and in doing so create the habits and experiences that have an impact on our physical and mental health, negatively and positively. It is in this context that decisions require an evidence based approach to prevent the negative outcomes of poorly designed environments. This highlights the importance of the governance structures within cities in creating and harnessing opportunities for health.”
More on The healthcare community needs to champion healthy and sustainable urban living spaces (2019) by Oni, Kockat, Martinez-Herrera, Palti, Johns, & Caiaffa via BMJ.
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