As safe as houses? Why standards for urban development matter

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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. https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2020.1747826
AuthorsDe Werna Magalhaes, E., Siri, J.G., Tan, D.T. and Howden-Chapman, P.
Abstract

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.

Year2020
JournalCities & Health
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2020.1747826
Publication dates
Online09 Jun 2020
Publication process dates
Accepted18 Mar 2020
Deposited30 Jul 2020
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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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