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City of well-being : a radical guide to planning

Author: Hugh Barton
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Barton
ISBN: 9780415639323 0415639328 9780415639330 0415639336
OCLC Number: 793224560
Description: xiv, 290 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Contents: I. Orientation : Prologue : Contrasting city scenarios --
Putting people at the heart of planning : Introduction: The purpose of planning --
Time-bombs of health, climate and urbanization ; Planning at the cross-roads ; Reflections --
A framework for understanding : Towards an ecosystem model of cities ; The Settlement Health Map ; Interpretation of the Settlement Health Map ; Conclusion: Ethics for planners --
II. Inspiration : Shafts of light from the past : Hippodamus and the city of Priene ; The mediaeval city: Siena ; Grand design ; Ethical entrepreneurs --
The emergence of modern planning : The public health revolution ; Ebenezer Howard and garden cities ; The pioneers in Britain and America ; Planning as civic design ; The British new towns ; Gaining the country but losing the plot --
Beacons of hope : Introduction: WHO Health Cities ; Copenhagen: city of cyclists ; Kuopio: city of lakes and forests ; Frieburg: city of short distances ; Portland: breaking the neo-liberal taboo ; Lessons from inspirational cities --
III. Cognition: the science of healthy urban environments : Physical health, lifestyle and planning : Introduction: Obesity, health and physical activity ; Active travel: walking and cycling ; Active recreation ; Healthy diet ; Cautions and counsels --
Planning for mental and social well-being : Nature, greenspace, sun and sound ; Social networks and community ; Healthy, diverse neighbourhoods ; Social capital and empowerment ; Spatial planning recommendations --
Planning for place equity : Social justice and health inequalities ; Planning for all ; Work, income and spatial policy ; Housing and living conditions ; Movement and accessibility --
Climate change and settlement planning : The threat of climate change ; Greenhouse gases, energy and planning ; Sustainable energy strategy ; Conclusion: Human ecology --
The local ecology of cities : Ecological resilience ; Green infrastructure ; Air quality, health and planning ; Sustainable urban water systems ; Biodiversity ; Local food production --
IV. Navigation: a route map for healthy planning : Criteria for judging healthy urban policy ; Reality check: the economics of land and development : The life-cycle of a plot ; Players in the development game ; Land and housing markets ; How land values shape the city ; Urban renewal and managing the market --
Sustainable urban form : Understanding urban form ; Centrifugal and centripetal forces ; Decentralization versus the compact city ; Polycentricity and linearity ; Five key urban form decision areas --
Healthy neighbourhood design : Introduction: The significance of locality ; The shape of neighbourhoods ; Spatial analysis and density ; The quality of place ; Conclusion: Urban design --
Urban dynamics : INtroduction: Strategic planning issues ; Understanding the economic base of a city ; Population and housing ; Matching economic activity and population ; Transport infrastructure and economic development --
V. Perspiration: land, power and process : The governance of land : Is planning really necessary? ; Private and community property rights ; Comparative planning systems ; Local government powers ; Conclusion --
The planning process and the role of planners : Dimensions of planning: technical, political and executive ; From design to the rational planning process; Heroic versus humdrum planning ; The medium is the message: collaborative planning ; Testing theory against practice ; Ethical planning --
Putting principle into practice : Community engagement: making decisions in a pluralist society ; A cyclic planning process ; Case study: Stroud town centre neighbourhood plan --
Converting healthy rhetoric into healthy decisions --
Epilogue : Seven conclusions if we are serious about planning cities for well-being --
Final thought.
Responsibility: Hugh Barton.

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