Designing Healthy Communities
Planning for cities and public spaces should promote public health concerns as a fundamental factor in designing healthy communities. It is justified that community plans are vital to integrating designs that promote control of growth and ensuring healthy construction. Plans should also ensure community building. Designs should promote the interaction of the community members and cultures. Celebrations, for instance, promote family ties and social interactions among members of a community. Conservation-sensitive communities are important to enhance sustainability. A conservation-sensitive plan enables community members to interact with the natural environment. Design of streets, paths and walkways that promote exercise are particularly important to promoting the sustainable lives. It enhances the need to exercise by the residents of the community (Jackson, 2013). Designs should promote activities such as cycling and walking.
Furthermore, energy efficiency is a fundamental factor to attaining a great space designed to promote sustainable environments and conservation of ecosystems. Open space planning is fundamental to promoting sustainable environments that enhance interaction with the environment. People can sit in the sun and enjoy great space around them. It also promotes the social lives of individuals in the community. Agricultural farms master plans are equally important to promote green environments in sustainable environments.
Designers should integrate the concerns of community members in the design of cities. The project for public spaces in Los Angeles is an ideal program aimed at enhancing the right design that promoted the health of residents and users of public spaces. . Community members at Charleston, for instance, have a wonderful environment designed to integrate their concerns. It is justified to ensure that city plans and designs for open spaces take into account individual needs and those of the entire society. Other examples include the design of Sundace Square in Fort Worth, Texas by the Project for Public Spaces (2012). In areas that do not fulfill the plan, it is imperative to promote urban renewal. So far, the Detroit neighborhood serves as the epitome of great design based on the regeneration conducted by the Project for Public Space (2013).
Jackson, R. (2013). Design for Healthy Communities. Retrieved August 4, 2015 from http://designinghealthycommunities.org/the-american-way-of-unhealthful-living/. YouTube link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bvYGiIAKVg
Project for Public Space. (2012). From Parking Lot to Gathering Place: Placemaking in Sundance Square. Retrieved August 4, 2015 from http://www.pps.org/projects/from-parking-lot-to-gathering-place-placemaking-in-sundance-square/
Project for Public Space. (2013). PPS Involvement in the Place-Led Regeneration of Detroit. Retrieved August 4, 2015 from http://www.pps.org/projects/pps-involvement-in-the-place-led-regeneration-of-detroit/