Fundamentals of Planning Cities for Healthy Living

Fundamentals of Planning Cities for Healthy Living

By Avi Friedman & Alexandra Pollock

The proposed book illustrates the decline of community planning for healthy living and outlines measures that can be reintroduced to foster active lifestyles.

Hardback, 250 Pages


September 2022

£80.00, $125.00

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About This Book

Current planning and design modes of dwellings and neighbourhoods are facing challenges of both philosophy and form. Past approaches no longer sustain new demands and require innovative thinking. The need for a new outlook is propelled by fundamental changes that touch upon environmental, economic and social aspects.

The depletion of non-renewable natural resources, elevated levels of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change are a few of the environmental challenges that force designers to reconsider conceptual approaches in favour of ones that promote a better suitability between communities and nature. Consideration of overall planning concepts that minimize the development’s carbon footprint, district heating, passive solar gain, net-zero residences and preserving the site’s natural assets are some of the contemporary strategies that architects, planners and builders are integrating into their thought process and residential design practice.

Increasing costs of material, labour, land and infrastructure have posed economic challenges with affordability being paramount among them. The need to do with less brings about concepts that include denser places, adaptable and expandable dwellings, and smaller-sized yet quality designed housing. Also, the need to reduce utility costs gave rise to better insulation, which benefits both the environment and the occupant.

Social challenges are also drawing the attention of designers, builders and homeowners. As the “baby-boom” generation plans for retirement, housing an elderly population will take priority. Walkable communities, ageing in place and multigenerational living are some of the concepts considered. In addition, live-work environments have become part of the economic reality for those who wish to work from home – which has become possible through digital advances. 

The need to think innovatively about neighbourhoods led to the idea to write this book. The intention is to offer information on contemporary community design concepts and illustrate them with outstanding international examples.


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Author Information

Avi Friedman is a professor of architecture at McGill University and principal of Avi Friedman Consultants Inc.

Alexandra Pollock holds a degree in urban systems from McGill University. She is a researcher at Avi Friedman Consultants, Inc. specializing in sustainable planning.


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Table of Contents

1.Setting the Stage; 2. Form and Density; 3. Active Mobility; 4. Open Spaces for Active Living; 5. Winter Cities; 6. Planning for Social Engagement; 7. Edible Landscapes; 8. Cities for the Aged; 9. Integrating Nature; 10. Healthy Residences; 11. A Path Forward.


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