Urban Design: Health and the Therapeutic Environment

1st Edition

Authors: J. C. Moughtin Paola Signoretta Kate McMahon Moughtin
Paperback ISBN: 9781856176149
Imprint: Architectural Press
Published Date: 3rd March 2009
Page Count: 280


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'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.

Key Features

  • As a new text in the established Urban Design series, Health and the Therapeutic Environment will allow students and practitioners to expand their knowledge gained from other series books and follow Moughtin's established methodology for exploring issues of health and sustainable development.
  • UK case material shows how theory of design is put into practice, allowing readers to apply the principles of urban design to real life examples.
  • Theoretical underpinning of urban design practice allows the reader to gain a complete knowledge base.


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

Table of Contents


  1. Epidaurus
  2. Health and Well-Being in the City
  3. The Healthy Citizen: Healing the City
  4. Havana, Cuba


  1. Bath
  2. The Age of Protest
  3. New Lanark
  4. The City Sanitized
  5. Port Sunlight: The Birth of the Garden Suburb


  1. Urban Design and the Environmental Challenge (case study: Nottingham)
  2. Health and the Bioregion
  3. The Healthy City Structure (case study: Copenhagen)
  4. The Healthy Quarter: The Garden Suburb (case study: Freiburg)
  5. A Suburban Renaissance (case study: The Meadows, Nottingham)
  6. Conclusion


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About the Author

J. C. Moughtin

Emeritus Professor Cliff Moughtin holds degrees in Architecture and Planning awarded by the University of Liverpool. He was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by The Queen's University of Belfaset. He was Professor of Planning in The Queen's University Belfast and Nottingham University. He is the author of a number of books including the series of four Urban Design titles for Architectural Press.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Planning, University of Nottingham, UK

Paola Signoretta

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK

Kate McMahon Moughtin


"This final book in the series on Urban Design aims to open up the subject to a wider arena. It sets out to explore the nature of therapeutic environment and identify how this can be designed. The first of three parts sets out the theoretical background for health and the therapeutic environment, the second relates this to British radical and philanthropic tradions, and the last extrapolates design principles. Its scope makes it a good primer for those wishing to broaden their understanding og the context for urban design."

Juliet Bidgood, Urban Design