Planning and Managing Future Green Cities for Human Health and Well-being
Keywords:Urban environments, health issues, environmental changes, urban heat islands, green spaces, smart technologies
AbstractAs urban environments continue to expand at an unprecedented pace, the world faces a new set of challenges. Rapid urbanization, while fostering economic growth and social progress, also brings a range of complex health issues driven by environmental changes. From the increase in pollution to the expansion of urban heat islands and the pervasiveness of noise pollution, these multifaceted issues are intricately intertwined, creating a nexus of health concerns that are far-reaching in their impact. In this paper, we explore these challenges and delve into potential solutions, focusing on the role of green spaces in mitigating the health risks associated with urbanization. Additionally, the importance of strategic planning in promoting urban green infrastructure is discussed. To make the vision of 'green cities' a reality, an evidence-based approach is needed, one that calls for multi-disciplinary collaboration and active community participation. Beyond the planning stage, there is also a need to address the ongoing management of these green spaces utilizing smart technologies and digital tools, coupled with strong community engagement. In conclusion, while the rapid pace of urbanization presents significant challenges, it also opens opportunities for innovative, health-centered urban planning. By embracing green cities, we can find a balance between urban growth and environmental sustainability, creating urban habitats that foster human health and well-being.
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