Dr Beau Beza, Senior Lecturer at Deakin University will discuss ‘Improving the health of Australians by applying evidence from behavioural epidemiology to Urban Design projects’.
Abstract: Urban population growth and the required supporting of hard and soft infrastructure in Australia is expanding rapidly. In the State of Victoria, directing this this growth are a number of urban design and planning mechanisms that provide a ‘blueprint for development and investment’. Although topics revolving around physical health are present in these and other planning related documents, largely absent from this literature are ‘tools’ to assist decision makers in determining whether or not an urban setting supports physical health and provides opportunities for physical activity. Insufficient physical activity is a risk factor contributing to Australia’s growing and significant burden of chronic disease including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
The potential of the built environment to influence population-level physical activity is well recognised. A key element in Victoria’s planning framework that can address these health concerns is the provision and redevelopment of open space(s) in urban areas that provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to engage in physical activity. However, in the realisation of these settings, health related data that is linked to urban open space(s) design is needed to produce evidence based decision making.
This years’ Conference streams to include:
- Building inclusive multicultural cities
- Eco cities
- Health & urban design
- Higher density urbanism
- Spatial / temporal changes in Chinese cities
- Rapid urban development in South East Asia, China & India
- Balancing the quick and slow formation of cities
- Using technology to change how cities work
- How will big data change the future of cities?
- Urban Design Practice
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