Journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) is regarded as a key figure in considering health as a factor in neighbourhood spaces. She believed diversity and complexity worked best. Wellbeing means taking account of embodied experience of built-space and experts such as the Columbia University architecture Professor Mary McLeod have argued that Jacobs’ embodied experience as a woman, described as her “domestic perspective”, is critical to her vision of mixed-use spaces which challenged the ways in which cities were segregated according to function. Biophilia is also a component of a healthy city with a recent study at the University of Miami connecting higher levels of greenness (trees, park space and other vegetation) in neighbourhoods with significantly lower chronic illnesses, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
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