With Thanks to The Guardian for this photograph
Rubbish has been flooding the streets of Beirut for 9 months. Failure to deal adequately (or at all) with the products of urban growth and the pressure of increasing population will introduce all kinds of diseases, social unrest and eventually bring a city to its knees. Yet, this is a valuable source of reusable consumables and power.
Go to the link below to see a video of the situation in all its wasteful extent:
The environments in which we live, work and spend leisure time – both the physical nature of places and the social environment of communities – have a large impact on our health and wellbeing. The RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) have produced an interesting report on this topic.
Promoting Healthy Cities summarises planning and health challenges and provides examples of where planners, other professionals and decision-makers are leading responses to these health challenges.
In the twenty-first century, we need to develop a new urban agenda focused on healthy placemaking for all. Planning in the broadest sense – from development management and infrastructure to the location of health and community services – can play a central role in creating environments that enhance people’s health and wellbeing.
We need to develop more integrated strategies for healthy placemaking, gather greater intelligence on the social and economic determinants of urban health to guide decisions and investments, reform and strengthen institutions to develop systems of governance that urban populations need, and involve more professions and communities to promote healthy cities.
A copy of the Report can be downloaded HERE rtpi_promoting_healthy_cities