Speaking at the Healthy Streets International Summit 2019 in Glasgow recently, Alison King, Principal Landscape Architect at LUC, was struck by the general sense of optimism in the room. Speakers from Vienna, Austria, Pontevedra in Spain, and the UK showed examples of dramatic modal shift interventions in cities and towns that have been positively accepted. There was talk amongst the attendees of reaching critical mass, and of a gathering of momentum not felt in previous years. The shift from climate change to climate emergency is no doubt fundamental to this sense of acceleration – there is a palpable need to increase our resilience.
Alison’s focus here is on the potential for local landscape to build resilience in people and communities. Specifically, it’s about tackling health inequality through targeted improvements to neighbourhood streetscapes and public realm in our most deprived areas; giving people a reason to step outside.
Read Alison’s full white paper, My Quarter Mile: could public space improvements in targeted local communities help tackle health inequality?