The second symposium Active Urban Spaces Connecting People focused on a number of challenges concerning health and wellbeing in urban communities. In the face of increasing urbanization and in addition to leading the transition to low-carbon societies, European cities play a central role in promoting health and wellbeing as well as addressing the challenge of socioeconomic inequalities amongst urban dwellers, the lack of social cohesion and high prevalence of loneliness and social disconnectedness, growing rates of obesity, social inequality in health, the physical inactivity pandemic, and many other challenges. Cities have important roles to play in addressing these problems and in providing urban environments that are conducive to the health and wellbeing of urban dwellers.
The concept of a Healthscape is used in the symposium to frame the idea of space covering three important dimensions of everyday life and sources to a better health and wellbeing. Foodscapes focus on the city as a diverse and rich social and biological space for food production, consumption and cultures. Activityscapes address the city as a great resource for physical activity practices, and Mobilityscapes focus on the city as spaces offering health and wellbeing through active mobility. Finally, Healthscapes denote urban spaces designed to include specific affordances built into space in connection with wellbeing and health-enhancing activities.
October 25, 2019
In collaboration with APEN Active Cities Network (ACN) held on September 1, 2016, its first international conference Activity and Health Promotion Physical Environments - Action at local level for better urban planning, food and health. Approximately 80 people showed up to presentations from ten leading national and international researchers and practitioners.
Together with the International Research Network Active Cities Network (ACN), APEN hosted the symposium The City of Wellbeing on August 29, 2018, in auditorium 2 at KADK. The symposium, that was completely sold out, did initially point out some trends that promote or hinder physical as social activity. Hereafter, it was the symposium's intention to trace their effect on space in the modern city and inspire examples that promote the good life and possibilities across ongoing research, development projects and practice. As there was a lot of new knowledge in the lectures, which has not been published before,the lecturers understandably did not want to distribute their presentations.
September 25, 2018