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Associations between Urban Form and Mortality Rates in Great Britain

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Seventy-five percent of the population in Europe today live in urban areas. Analysing the effects of urban form and structure on the health of the urban population is therefore of great public health interest. So far, not much is known about the overall effects of urban form and structure on the health of city dwellers. This study presents a novel approach to investigate whether associations exist between a variety of urban characteristics and mortality rates in cities in Great Britain. Results suggests that transport network pattern effect overall mortality rates in cities whilst only weak associations could be detected with land cover mix and population patterns. Associations between urban form and mortality observed in this study can highlight characteristics of urban form and structure that have negative effects on the overall health of urban communities. Future urban planning and regeneration strategies can benefit from such knowledge to promote a healthy living environment for an increasing urban population.

This talk is part of the Martin Centre Research Seminar Series - Celebrating the Centenary of the Department of Architecture series.

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