Andrew L. Dannenberg Editor
Howard Frumkin Editor
Richard J. Jackson Editor
Island Press, Washington, D.C.,, 2011, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
8 x 10 inches, paperback, 440 pages
ISBN: 9781597267274
Suggested Retail Price: $40.00

From the Publisher. The way in which we construct our built environment—from a single building to a neighborhood to an entire region—affects the health of humans and the natural environment in myriad ways. Haphazard development patterns and unhealthy buildings have contributed to skyrocketing obesity rates, an increasing number of asthma cases, environmental degradation, eroding neighborhood relationships, and unpredictable and dangerous changes to our climate, among other consequences.

Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability draws on the expertise of top leaders in the health and urban planning fields to suggest action steps for improving human and environmental health by changing the way we design and plan our communities. The contributors to Making Healthy Places, including Jim Sallis, Karen Glanz, Jonathan Samet, Ichiro Kawachi, Reid Ewing, Bill Sullivan, Tim Beatley, analyze issues from food and water supply to mental health and social networks, exploring the many connections between design, human health, and environmental sustainability.

Making Healthy Places follows and expands upon the groundbreaking work Urban Sprawl and Public Health, published in 2004. Its chapters address the different approaches of the public health and planning and design fields and show the promise of taking a much-needed cross-disciplinary approach to creating livable, healthy communities. Special attention is given to considerations important to designing for the most vulnerable populations, such as persons with disabilities and persons with low incomes. Practical tools are offered for reconsidering policy, effectively engaging the community, and filling in the gaps in current research agendas.

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