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    Green space and reduced hospital spending: England’s Woodland Trust’s chief executive has said increasing people’s access to green spaces could cut billions of pounds from the National Health Services healthcare bill.

    Sue Holden said it had been calculated that the NHS could save £2.1bn a year if everyone had access to green spaces.

    She made the comments at an event to mark the culmination of the five-year Visit Woods project.

    Ms Holden added that only an estimated 14% of the UK’s population had “easy access to trees”.

    She told an audience of invited guests at the Houses of Parliament that the link between “healthy woods and healthy lives” was a “connection that really has to be made much more and much more often”.

    She added: “It is a connection that we know intrinsically, we believe it to be true but – increasingly – it is something that evidence is backing up as well.

    “It has been calculated, for example, that £2.1bn of healthcare costs could be saved if everyone had access to green spaces.”

    But she added that just 14% of people in England had access to woodlands within 500m of their home.

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    The metaphor of the city as a body consisting of various functional organs has long been present in the discourse on architecture and the city, particularly as established by the work of sociologist Richard Sennett and architectural historian Manfredo Tafuri. [4] In the 19th century, the city’s ill body was the object of surgical transplants, such as green lungs — city parks meant to play a purifying, hygienic and educational role. Stagnant air, associated with odors and miasmas, was considered a primary cause of illness and infection. Air circulation had to be reactivated by means of incision into urban tissue: carving out wide, straight streets. These new arteries formed a continuous system of air circulation and traffic flow, eliminating obstacles such as the overcrowded slum, with its inner courtyards and blind alleys. Other metaphors followed over time, along with a continuous shifting of paradigms and values; Michael Hebbert observes that the seemingly healthful solution of corridor-like streets was soon perceived as the source of multiple urban ills.

    “Demedicalize Architecture” is excerpted from the book, Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, published this month by Lars Müller and the Canadian Centre for Architecture; the exhibition at the CCA in Montreal is open through April 15, 2012. See also the online TV channel.

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    Exercise ‘as effective as drugs’

    Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, a study finds.

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    Riding the subway makes you happier than a drive commute?: researchers in Sweden discovered that riding the subway can actually make you happy. They recruited participants who usually drove to work and made them change their routine to a daily subway ride instead for an entire month. Before the month began, the researchers asked each person questions about their lives, their well-being and generally how happy they were with their station in the world, presumably weeding out those who might be a little too fragile for the purposes of their study.

    They also asked the participants how they were feeling about riding the subway for a month. Without exception, all of them felt like it was going to be a nightmare. But that’s not what happened. Over the course of the month, their moods and attitudes toward the subway slowly but steadily improved, like a tortoise nursing an erection for sustainable behavior. So much so that by the time they reached the end of the month, the participants were feeling better about their general well-being than before the experiment began. Riding the subway made them more content with their lives.

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    A few years ago, Mark Holland, a former director of Vancouver’s sustainability office and a founder of the Healing Cities Institute, wrote a great statement of the underlying principles for sustainability in his Eight Pillars of a Sustainable Community, which I highlighted here. As things have evolved, the Pillars were precursors of a sort to what the Institute now calls “8 Dimensions of a Healing City.” Here is the current list, with some excerpts from the website’s somewhat longer discussion of each:

    1. Whole communities – “Does your community support your needs as a whole human being by providing convenient and comfortable opportunities for living, working, playing, and reflecting?”

    2. Conscious mobility – “How do your travel choices make you feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually?”

    3. Restorative architecture – “What do the buildings you spend your time in tell you about your community and the world – and your place within it?”

    4. Thriving landscapes – “Where do you go to feel connected to earth, people, and other living things?”

    5. Integrated infrastructure – “Do you know what happens with your community’s inputs and outputs (e.g. water, waste, sewage, energy) and how do you feel about the impacts of these systems on the world?”

    6. Nourishing food systems – “What are you eating and how much do you know about it (where it comes from, who created it, what’s in it?)”

    7. Supportive society – “Do you feel you know of resources available to you or those you know should you need assistance or help?”

    8. Healthy prosperity – “What is your relationship to abundance?”

  6. #410
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    WHO: “A healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”

    Health Promotion Glossary (1998).


    The World Bank/Curt Carnemark
    Healthy Cities are arguably the best-known and largest of the settings approaches. The programme is a long-term international development initiative that aims to place health high on the agendas of decision makers and to promote comprehensive local strategies for health protection and sustainable development. Basic features include community participation and empowerment, intersectoral partnerships, and participant equity.

    A Healthy City aims to:

    to create a health-supportive environment,
    to achieve a good quality of life,
    to provide basic sanitation & hygiene needs,
    to supply access to health care.
    Being a Healthy City depends not on current health infrastructure, rather upon, a commitment to improve a city’s environs and a willingness to forge the necessary connections in political, economic, and social arenas.

    Examples of implementation:

    Starting in 1986, the first Healthy Cities programmes were launched in developed countries (i.e. Canada, USA, Australia, many European nations). Around 1994, developing countries used the resources and implementation strategies of initial successes to begin their own programmes. Implementation strategies are quite individual by city, though they follow the basic idea of involving many community members, various stakeholders, and commitments of municipal officials to achieve widespread mobilization and efficiency. Today, thousands of cities worldwide are part of the Healthy Cities network and exist in all WHO regions in more than 1,000 cities worldwide.