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Happy Places for All: Urban Planning and Design for the Wellbeing of Vulnerable Groups

Goal: This collaborative project aims to build interdisciplinary capacity to better understand how the planning and design of urban environments can impact the wellbeing of vulnerable groups (UN definition https://tinyurl.com/ya9fokuk)

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Marica Cassarino
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Urban planning and design can impact mental health, but it is unclear how ever-growing and changing cities can sustain the psychological wellbeing of vulnerable groups, who are among the most mentally sensitive to spatial inequalities. This systematic review synthesised quantitative and qualitative studies on urban design interventions and their impact on wellbeing in vulnerable groups. Using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, we searched five online databases from inception to May 2020. A total of 10 papers were included. We found mixed evidence of benefits for wellbeing linked to urban regeneration projects or focused interventions (green spaces, transport, security). Interventions that were centred around participation, sustainable living, and quality of design (e.g., perceived sense of safety) were associated with increased residential satisfaction and wellbeing, particularly among low-income communities and women. Risk of bias was low to medium, but there was high methodological heterogeneity; studies were mainly from Western countries, and none of the included studies investigated the experiences of people with disabilities, migrants, or racial minorities. This review highlights the importance of inclusive and sustainable design interventions to create happy places for all strata of society, although further investigation is warranted
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We are editing a special issue on “Planning and Design Interventions for Improving the Well-Being of Vulnerable Groups”. This Special Issue of Sustainability welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions from a variety of disciplines that provide deeper insights on the following: a) how urban planning and design interventions impact the wellbeing of vulnerable groups or communities, and b) what vulnerable groups’ experiences and perceptions are of transformations in urban environments. The main aim is to bridge approaches and methodologies from different disciplines (e.g., urban planning and design, environmental psychology, and behavioral and social sciences) to build an interdisciplinary capacity to overcome the challenges of creating urban environments that support health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups. Empirical analyses of the urban transformation projects that enhance the wellbeing of vulnerable groups are especially welcome.
Submission deadline: 31st January 2021
 
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SYSTEMATIC REVIEW
Our protocol for a systematic review of the impact of urban planning/design on the wellbeing of vulnerable groups has been registered in the Prospero Database: Envisioning happy places for all: protocol for a systematic review of transformations in the urban environment for the wellbeing of vulnerable groups
 
Marica Cassarino
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This collaborative project aims to build interdisciplinary capacity to better understand how the planning and design of urban environments can impact the wellbeing of vulnerable groups (UN definition https://tinyurl.com/ya9fokuk)