Urban Design: Health and the Therapeutic Environment


  • J. C. Moughtin, Emeritus Professor of Planning, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Paola Signoretta, Laurea in Urbanistica, University of Reggio Calabria, Italy; PhD., Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Kate McMahon Moughtin

'Urban Design: Health and the Therapeutic Environment' demonstrates how urban design and planning impact on public health and sustainable development. Moughtin et al. explore the concept of what makes a physically and psychologically ‘healthy’ environment in the context of the paramount need for new homes where living standards are not compromised, in increasingly crowded cities.

• Sets out the history and development of the healthy city, from the English spa town to standards of care in Cuba to provide a context for modern urban health development.

• Covers a wide range of environmental, ecological, health and epidemiological issues.

• Case studies and examples show how health policy and procedure is practically applied to sustainable urban development.

'Urban Design: Health and the Therapeutic Environment' outlines best practice for healthy, sustainable urban design and provides a reference tool for architects, urban designers, landscape architects, health professionals and planners.

Emeritus Professor Cliff Moughtin was Professor of Planning in The Queen’s University Belfast and The University of Nottingham. He is author of a number of books including the series of five Urban Design titles for Architectural Press.

Kate McMahon Moughtin is a psychotherapist. She is author of Focused Therapy for Organisations and Individuals. She is interested in how literature and environmental infl uences contribute to wellbeing.

Paola Signoretta is a human geographer. She is a senior research associate in the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University. She is interested in the geographies of health, deprivation and social and financial exclusion.

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Practitioners in urban design and architecture, upper level architecture students. Secondary market as optional reading for urban geography students.


Book information

  • Published: March 2009
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-614-9

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL BACKGROUND1. Epidaurus2. Health and Well-Being in the City3. The Healthy Citizen: Healing the City4. Havana, CubaPART TWO: THE THERAPEUTIC ENVIROMENT: THE BRITISH TRADITION5. Bath6. The Age of Protest7. New Lanark8. The City Sanitized9. Port Sunlight: The Birth of the Garden SuburbPART THREE: THE THERAPEUTIC ENVIROMENT IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY10. Urban Design and the Environmental Challenge (case study: Nottingham)11. Health and the Bioregion12. The Healthy City Structure (case study: Copenhagen)13. The Healthy Quarter: The Garden Suburb (case study: Freiburg)14. A Suburban Renaissance (case study: The Meadows, Nottingham)15. Conclusion