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Reconnecting urban planning and public health: an exploration of a more adaptive approach

Thomas Verbeek (UGent)
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Although historically urban planning originated from the health concerns in the overcrowded industrial cities of the 19th century, today we see an institutional separation of both policy fields in most countries, with health entering the planning processes only through more or less obligatory planning evaluations or restrictive environmental legislation. It is time to initiate a more health-oriented urban planning approach, going beyond the current pre-arranged procedures and conventional institutional settings. Connected to the congress theme “from control to co-evolution”, the central question is whether a more adaptive and co-evolutionary planning would work for the issue of urban planning and health as well. A two-tiered approach might be appropriate, in which a base level with general norms and regulations is complemented with a second level that enables a flexible application through space and time and the self-organisatory identification of pressing environmental health issues. As such, depending on the specific spatial, social, temporal and actor-relational context, each neighbourhood follows its own path to a healthier environment, taking into account the generic minimum socio-environmental rules and norms. In the paper this preliminary framework will be explored further through some examples and interviews with important actors (grassroots movements, government administrations).
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adaptive planning, public health, urban planning

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Verbeek, Thomas. 2014. “Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health: An Exploration of a More Adaptive Approach.” In Annual Congress: From Control to Co-evolution, Proceedings.
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Verbeek, Thomas. (2014). Reconnecting urban planning and public health: an exploration of a more adaptive approach. Annual Congress: from control to co-evolution, Proceedings. Presented at the Annual Congress: from control to co-evolution (AESOP - 2014).
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Verbeek T. Reconnecting urban planning and public health: an exploration of a more adaptive approach. Annual Congress: from control to co-evolution, Proceedings. 2014.
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Verbeek, Thomas. “Reconnecting Urban Planning and Public Health: An Exploration of a More Adaptive Approach.” Annual Congress: From Control to Co-evolution, Proceedings. 2014. Print.
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  abstract     = {Although historically urban planning originated from the health concerns in the overcrowded industrial cities of the 19th century, today we see an institutional separation of both policy fields in most countries, with health entering the planning processes only through more or less obligatory planning evaluations or restrictive environmental legislation. It is time to initiate a more health-oriented urban planning approach, going beyond the current pre-arranged procedures and conventional institutional settings. Connected to the congress theme {\textquotedblleft}from control to co-evolution{\textquotedblright}, the central question is whether a more adaptive and co-evolutionary planning would work for the issue of urban planning and health as well. A two-tiered approach might be appropriate, in which a base level with general norms and regulations is complemented with a second level that enables a flexible application through space and time and the self-organisatory identification of pressing environmental health issues. As such, depending on the specific spatial, social, temporal and actor-relational context, each neighbourhood follows its own path to a healthier environment, taking into account the generic minimum socio-environmental rules and norms. In the paper this preliminary framework will be explored further through some examples and interviews with important actors (grassroots movements, government administrations).},
  author       = {Verbeek, Thomas},
  booktitle    = {Annual Congress: from control to co-evolution, Proceedings},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Utrecht, The Netherlands},
  pages        = {15},
  title        = {Reconnecting urban planning and public health: an exploration of a more adaptive approach},
  url          = {http://cimindia.net/aesop/Proceedings28072014.zip},
  year         = {2014},
}