As safe as houses? Why standards for urban development matter
De Werna Magalhaes, E., Siri, J.G., Tan, D.T. and Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). As safe as houses? Why standards for urban development matter. Cities & Health.
|Authors||De Werna Magalhaes, E., Siri, J.G., Tan, D.T. and Howden-Chapman, P.|
Standards for designing, improving, and maintaining the built environment have conceptual and practical value for health. Yet, their importance runs the risk of being subsumed in tangential discourses, including over their applicability for particular populations or in particular contexts. This paper applies an integrative systems perspective to several relevant scenarios, while broadly revisiting the health rationale for built environment standards. As with any intervention, standards can have negative unintended consequences, in some cases inducing adverse outcomes. Yet, forgoing standards is not an acceptable answer for sustainable urbanization. The systems perspective adopted here surveys some of the driving forces that underlie adverse outcomes, and suggests potential leverage points and criteria for action.
|Journal||Cities & Health|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/23748834.2020.1747826|
|Online||09 Jun 2020|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||18 Mar 2020|
|Deposited||30 Jul 2020|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cities & Health on 09/06/2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23748834.2020.1747826
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