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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

HealthyLiving - Strategy and planning tool for a healthy green residential environment in city of the future

The HealthyLiving Project is funded by the Fritz and Hildegard Berg Foundation, in the Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany. Announcement "CITY OF THE FUTURE: Healthy, sustainable metropoles", 2016.

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Summary

Central strategies for sustainable urban planning are redensification and concentration of diverse functions within a dense urban context, but also the quantitative and qualitative development of urban green and blue structures and their compensation and relief functions to promote health of citizens. Small green structures of the residential environment are thereby rarely the focus of interdisciplinary research and in sight of planners, architects and the housing industry. But they affect very directly public and mental health, environmental justice, the availability of ecosystem services, people's experience of biodiversity and therefore the quality of life of local residents.

The qualitative and quantitative appreciation and the sustainable development of the green residential areas is an important, health relevant component of the strategy of ecological designs. The HealthyLiving project links ecological, economic and socio-cultural perspectives and discourses. The field of study includes historical and current planning strategies for green residential areas as a health resource through inventory and benchmarking (status quo and assessment), health relevant ecosystem services of the green residential areas, and its contribution to urban environmental hygiene problems (environment and health) as well as to biodiversity.

The HealthyLiving project designs concepts and implementation strategies for a sustainable development of the green residential areas in the urban space and thereby aims to the "biodiversity friendly" long-term reinforcement and optimization of health promoting ecosystem services. Concrete measures are derived, evaluated according to their environmental, socio-cultural and economic effects, and combined in a planning tool for planners and decision-makers. As a result, the protected good human health acquires a higher grade of planning relevance and significance.

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