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Healthy city manifesto: can we afford to keep urban planning and design away from public health?

Mahtab-Uz-Zaman, Q.M.


Q.M. Mahtab-Uz-Zaman


Conventional notion and praxis of unravelling the discipline of 'urban planning and design' from 'built environment and health' [Corburn, 2004] has contributed to urban conditions unwieldy enough to question the liveability and sustainability [Hill & Peters, 1998] of environment. Growing evidence of unswerving yet meandering effects of the planning actions on environment; and subsequently on public health suggests bridging strong link between planners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, zoning boards, city councils - all who make decisions on planning and urban design strategies [Botchwey et al, 2009]. By rejuvenating the subject of 'health and the environment', can we emphasize that the 'environment' should be understood as the interplay between ecology (biological), physical (natural & built), social, political, aesthetic, and economic environments [Institute of Medicine, 2001]. This commentary unfolds the notion of healthy city manifestos by exploring the theoretical linkage between urban planning and design and reinforces the needs for professionals' dialogue in generating hybrid discipline towards sustainable outcome in built environment. NOTE: publisher link no longer working (last checked 2019-01-24).


MAHTAB-UZ-ZAMAN, Q.M. 2013. Healthy city manifesto: can we afford to keep urban planning and design away from public health? Global built environment review [online], 8(3), pages 3-10.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2013
Online Publication Date Nov 1, 2013
Publication Date Nov 1, 2013
Deposit Date Sep 21, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 21, 2016
Journal Global built environment review
Print ISSN 1474-6832
Electronic ISSN 1474-6824
Publisher Open House Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 3-10
Keywords Urban planning; Public health
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