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Urban regeneration: Integrating health and sustainability into urban renewal

In recent years, especially in the country where I live, the greatest challenge currently facing us is how urban health is reflected in the current living environment. Urban health is a multidimensional expression of, for example, the social environment, emotional expression, and physical needs. Transforming the city on multiple levels in an integrated way to achieve high-quality healthy urban spaces and improve the well-being of the citizens living there.

Introduction

I live in a developing country where the internationalization of cities is on a rapid rise and urban problems are becoming increasingly prominent. People are living under high pressure. Healthy cities need to be taken seriously and how to create a healthy urban environment is the main issue at hand. Healthy city development is not developing well in our country. Urban spaces are facing huge challenges, with reduced footfall and broken spaces in urban centers, as well as decaying street spaces. The city center areas need to improve the current conditions and in the process of regeneration, the concept of healthy and sustainable development should be introduced, focusing on the intrinsic needs of people and their psychological well-being. Promote healthy and sustainable urbanism in combination with the current situation to achieve a healthy urban renewal.(Fig1, City blocks https://www.gooood.cn/liangshuichi-east-road-shougang-beijing-by-nicolas-godelet-architects-engineers.htm)

Building a healthy city

A healthy city means putting people’s health first. The main goal of a city building is to safeguard people’s living environment and health. The foundation of healthy city building lies in having healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy society. People need to move around in urban spaces every day and having good outdoor space conditions can improve the well-being of city dwellers. Healthy city planning and design will be human intervention to actively guide human outdoor activities. There should be an improved research component for future healthy urban planning and design. A detailed division of public space health according to different elements and different analyses for different use spaces. Population immunity is improved while the population is effectively controlled. (Fig2, Community walking and cycling paths https://www.gooood.cn/liangshuichi-east-road-shougang-beijing-by-nicolas-godelet-architects-engineers.htm)

Planning urban regeneration

In the regeneration of urban areas, the main functions of the area are identified, followed by the introduction of ecology and the addition of public green spaces that meet the needs of the area. The planning of the area incorporates the historical and cultural elements of the area and develops thematic spaces based on their characteristics. Enriching the use of space for the people of the area. Elements such as roads, buildings, and services in the area should also meet the needs of local people. Promote low carbon emission modes of travel. For example, walking, cycling, etc. Improve the travel system by adding dedicated footpaths and cycle paths, etc. Integrate pedestrian space, unify design and promote sharing to create a comfortable and create low-disturbance pedestrian space. Improve the rationality of the internal spatial layout of the city and improve the permeability and micro-circulation of urban space. Regional regeneration and development of the city based on sustainable development. Building complete outdoor spaces and enriching outdoor space activities can effectively alleviate the mental health of the regional public. Enhancing the popularity of the regional community. (Fig3, Neighbouring pedestrian space https://www.gooood.cn/liangshuichi-east-road-shougang-beijing-by-nicolas-godelet-architects-engineers.htm)

Summary

Based on the idea of a healthy city, there is a need for a diverse study of the area. I hope that in the future, I will live in a city that not only renovates its neighborhoods but also builds health-based public spaces. To shape slow-living streets that are pleasant to live in and enjoy. Contribute to the development of low-carbon living. To lead people to a healthy lifestyle and enhance the happiness of the city.

reference

[1] Wang Yi. Healthy City Oriented Community Planning. Planner, 2015:101-105.

[2] Tang Yan, Liang Sisi, Guo Leixian. Neighbourhood planning Towards “healthy cities” – introduction of Shaping neighbourhoods: for local health and global sustainability”[J]. International Urban Planning, 2014(6):120-125.

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