Healthy Cities: The Theory, Policy, and Practice of Value-Based Urban Planning

Nov. 20, 2017 in The Read

This book provides is a good overview of the concept of healthy cities as not only a safe, pleasant, and green built environment, but also one that creates and sustains health by addressing social, economic, and political conditions. Critical to this work is the connection between city planning and public health creating a contemporary concept of urban governance—a democratically-informed process that embraces values like equity.

Overall healthy cities are rooted firmly in the worldwide movement toward balanced and sustainable urbanization, developed not to disguise or displace entrenched health and social problems, but to encourage and foster solutions.

This book is inspiring and highly relevant for community leaders, activists, politicians, public health and urban development scholars as well as entrepreneurs working to improve health and well-being at the local level.  

Key topics covered include:

  • Towards healthy urban governance in the century of the city<
  • Healthy cities emerge: Toronto, Ottawa, Copenhagen
  • The role of policy coalitions in understanding community participation in healthy cities projects
  • Health impact assessment at the local level
  • The logic of method for evaluating healthy cities
  • Plus: extended reports on healthy cities and communities in North and Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East                                                                                                                    


Credit: Editors: de Leeuw, Evelyne, Simos, Jean (Eds.)