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Overview

The environment that we construct affects both humans and our natural world in myriad ways. There is a pressing need to create healthy places and to reduce the health threats inherent in places already built. However, there has been little awareness of the adverse effects of what we have constructed-or the positive benefits of well designed built environments.

 

This book provides a far-reaching follow-up to the pathbreaking Urban Sprawl and Public Health, published in 2004. That book sparked a range of inquiries into the connections between constructed environments, particularly cities and suburbs, and the health of residents, especially humans. Since then, numerous studies have extended and refined the book's research and reporting. Making Healthy Places offers a fresh and comprehensive look at this vital subject today.

 

There is no other book with the depth, breadth, vision, and accessibility that this book offers. In addition to being of particular interest to undergraduate and graduate students in public health and urban planning, it will be essential reading for public health officials, planners, architects, landscape architects, environmentalists, and all those who care about the design of their communities.

 

Like a well-trained doctor, Making Healthy Places presents a diagnosis of--and offers treatment for--problems related to the built environment. Drawing on the latest scientific evidence, with contributions from experts in a range of fields, it imparts a wealth of practical information, with an emphasis on demonstrated and promising solutions to commonly occurring problems.

 

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Editorial Reviews

ASLA Dirt blog
The book is an extensive, sometimes exhausting, overview of many related topics. The challenges it presents are sobering. The solutions it envisions are exciting. Landscape architecture is present throughout. Some may find it a “heavy lift” given its length and, in some instances, highly technical nature. But it is all there, providing landscape architects, architects, and planners with tools and strategies to think about how the built environment impacts our physical, mental, social, environmental, and economic well-being.”

— Mark A. Focht

The Englewood Review of Books
Making Healthy Places, although it is not a theological work, is deeply theological in the vision of health that is seeking and is a book that not only must be read and discussed in churches, we must also allow it to shape our vision of what the mission of the church is in our particular places, and as such it is one of the most significant books that I’ve read this year!

— Chris Smith

Spacing Vancouver blog
The book’s introduction states it is primarily aimed at students but it would disappointing if this timely research fails to reach other audiences – in particular politicians at all levels of government.

— Chris Quigley

American Planning Association

"The editors seek to avoid technical jargon that might put off the students to whom the book is addressed."
Choice

"The thesis is simple. The urban environment should be planned and built to encourage physical exercise, a healthy diet, low pollution levels, accessible nature necounters, and mental serenity."
Treehugger

"It is just about the most authoritative and thorough examination of how our urban design (and house design) affects our health and wellbeing, and should be on the desk of every urban designer and planner as an important reference… I cannot imagine writing about urban issues involving food, health, safety or transportation without picking this up for a quote or a reference; it is going to be an essential tool."
M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Health Services and Pediatrics, UCLA and Director of - Jonathan Fielding

"This comprehensive, beautifully edited volume explains why and how our physical environment profoundly affects each of us, our family, our community, and our nation. A treasure of excellent chapters by well-respected experts, it is replete with practical wisdom on how to diagnose and ameliorate the wide range of environmental problems, with inspiring examples of success. Reading it is the equivalent of a top tier graduate level course in practical environmental health."
M.D., Executive Director, American Public Health Association - Georges C. Benjamin

"The authors have crafted an exemplary look at the various components of community design that promote and support health. Through their perspective we see clearly how much community design matters to our health and well-being; and it matters a lot."
PhD, FAIA, Dean, College of Built Environments, University of Washington - Daniel S. Friedman

"The editors of this powerful volume put design squarely in the public health armamentarium. Both a guide and call to action, its well-researched chapters provide a foundation for profound change in design practice and education. The truly beautiful stairway is one that beckons us to use it—the same applies to sidewalks, parks, bike lanes, playgrounds, and public transportation."
President of the Congress for the New Urbanism and former Mayor of Milwaukee, WI - John Norquist

"Here's a book that mayors, health officials, developers, architects, planners and environmentalists will want to read and keep handy. Dannenberg, Frumkin, and Jackson call for big gains in public health, environmental and economic performance and provide the necessary advice to achieve such a transformation."
The Englewood Review of Books - Chris Smith

"Making Healthy Places, although it is not a theological work, is deeply theological in the vision of health that is seeking and is a book that not only must be read and discussed in churches, we must also allow it to shape our vision of what the mission of the church is in our particular places, and as such it is one of the most significant books that I’ve read this year!"
Urban Journal

"This book explores how the built environment continues to impact on health (and consequently life chances) and sets out how planners, policy makers, designers and educators can influence this dynamic and engage with the 'perfect storm of intersecting health, environmental, and economic challenges'."
Englewood Review of Books

"Making Healthy Places, although it is not a theological work, is deeply theological in the vision of health that is seeking and is a book that not only must be read and discussed in churches, we must also allow it to shape our vision of what the mission of the church is in our particular places, and as such it is one of the most significant books that I've read this year!"
CHOICE

"The thesis is simple. The urban environment should be planned and built to encourage physical exercise, a healthy diet, low pollution levels, accessible nature necounters, and mental serenity."
Reference & Research Book News

"Dannenberg ... et al. ...outline the major health issues that relate to the built environment, including physical activity, food, air and water quality, injury, mental health, and social bonds, and specific transportation and land use aspects. They also address how to create change, the future training of professionals, research, and urban health in low and middle-income countries."
ASLA's The Dirt blog

"The book is an extensive, sometimes exhausting, overview of many related topics. The challenges it presents are sobering. The solutions it envisions are exciting. Landscape architecture is present throughout. Some may find it a "heavy lift" given its length and, in some instances, highly technical nature. But it is all there, providing landscape architects, architects, and planners with tools and strategies to think about how the built environment impacts our physical, mental, social, environmental, and economic well-being."
Spacing

"The book's introduction states it is primarily aimed at students but it would disappointing if this timely research fails to reach other audiences—in particular politicians at all levels of government."
Choice
"The thesis is simple. The urban environment should be planned and built to encourage physical exercise, a healthy diet, low pollution levels, accessible nature necounters, and mental serenity."
The Englewood Review of Books - Chris Smith
"Making Healthy Places, although it is not a theological work, is deeply theological in the vision of health that is seeking and is a book that not only must be read and discussed in churches, we must also allow it to shape our vision of what the mission of the church is in our particular places, and as such it is one of the most significant books that I’ve read this year!"
Spacing Vancouver - Chris Quigley
"The book’s introduction states it is primarily aimed at students but it would disappointing if this timely research fails to reach other audiences – in particular politicians at all levels of government."
ASLA Dirt blog - Mark A. Focht
“The book is an extensive, sometimes exhausting, overview of many related topics. The challenges it presents are sobering. The solutions it envisions are exciting. Landscape architecture is present throughout. Some may find it a “heavy lift” given its length and, in some instances, highly technical nature. But it is all there, providing landscape architects, architects, and planners with tools and strategies to think about how the built environment impacts our physical, mental, social, environmental, and economic well-being.”
Treehugger - Lloyd Alter
"It is just about the most authoritative and thorough examination of how our urban design (and house design) affects our health and wellbeing, and should be on the desk of every urban designer and planner as an important reference… I cannot imagine writing about urban issues involving food, health, safety or transportation without picking this up for a quote or a reference; it is going to be an essential tool."
Book News Inc.
"Dannenberg ... et al. ...outline the major health issues that relate to the built environment, including physical activity, food, air and water quality, injury, mental health, and social bonds, and specific transportation and land use aspects. They also address how to create change, the future training of professionals, research, and urban health in low and middle-income countries."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597267274
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 617,297
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is an affiliate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle. He previously served as the team leader of the Healthy Community Design Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta.
 

Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H., is Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. He previously served as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at CDC, where he established programs in climate change and in the built environment. He is co-author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health (Island Press, 2004).

 

 Richard Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a pediatrician, and previously served as director of the National Center for Environmental Health at CDC and as the State Public Health Officer for California. He is co-author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health (Island Press, 2004).

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Table of Contents


Preface \ Richard Jackson
 
PART I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction to Healthy Places \ Howard Frumkin, Arthur Wendel, Robin Abrams, and Emil Malizia
 
PART II. The Impact of Community Design on Health
Chapter 2. Community Design for Physical Activity \ James Sallis, Rachel Millstein, and Jordan Carlson
Chapter 3. Food Environments \ Carolyn Cannuscio, Karen Glanz
Chapter 4. Community Design and Air Quality \ Jonathan Samet
Chapter 5. Injuries and the Built Environment, David Sleet \ Rebecca Naumann and Rose Anne Rudd
Chapter 6. Community Design for Water Quantity And Quality \ Lorraine Backer
Chapter 7. Mental Health and the Built Environment \ William Sullivan and Chun-Yen Chang
Chapter 8.  Social Capital and Community Design \ Caitlin Eicher and Ichiro Kawachi
Chapter 9. Vulnerable Populations and the Built Environment \ Chris Kochtitzky
 
PART III.  Diagnosing and Healing Our Built Environments
Chapter 10.  Transportation and Land Use \ Reid Ewing, Gail Meakins, Grace Bjarnson, and Holly Hilton
Chapter 11.  Healthy Homes \ James Krieger and David Jacobs
Chapter 12.  Healthy Workplaces \ Donna Heidel, L. Casey Chosewood, Matthew Gillen, Paul Schulte, Greg Wagner, Kenneth Wallingford, and Liz York
Chapter 13.  Healthy Health Care Settings \ Craig Zimring and Jennifer Dubose
Chapter 14.  Healthy Schools \ Howard Frumkin and Jared Fox
Chapter 15.  Contact with Nature \ Howard Frumkin and Jared Fox
Chapter 16.  Resiliency to Disasters \ Timothy Beatley
 
PART IV.  Strategies for Healthy Places:  A Toolbox
Chapter 17.  Behavioral Choices and the Built Environment \ Margaret Schneider
Chapter 18.  Policy and Legislation for Healthy Places \ Lisa Feldstein
Chapter 19.  Community Engagement in Design and Planning \ Manal Aboelata, Leah Ersoylu and Larry Cohen
Chapter 20.  Measuring, Assessing, and Certifying Healthy Places \ Andrew Dannenberg and Arthur Wendel
 
PART V.  Looking Outward, Looking Ahead
Chapter 21.  Training the Next Generation \ Nisha Botchwey and Matthew Trowbridge
Chapter 22.  Healthy Places Research: Emerging Opportunities \ Richard Jackson, Arthur Wendel, and Andrew Dannenberg
Chapter 23.  Urban Health in Low and Middle Income Countries \ Jennifer C. Johnson and Sandro Galea
Chapter 24.  Built Environments of the Future \ Tony Capon and Susan Thompson
 
Glossary
List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Index
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