What is a liveable and healthy city? | With Melanie Davern, Belen Zapata-Diomedi cover image
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Active Mobility Creating Public Realm Pollution Reduction

EIT Urban Mobility WebTV went to Melbourne to discover two great initiatives aiming at improving the quality of life of the city dwellers. Dr. Melanie Davern (RMIT University and Australian Urban Observatory): "A liveable city is somewhere that is safe, socially inclusive and socially cohesive. It's also environmentally sustainable. It's connected by walking paths, cycling trails, as well as public transport that connects is to our local community services, shops, employment, education, affordable and diverse housing, as well as public open space and culture and leisure opportunities." The Australian Urban Observatory's digital planning platform is able to take up to 34 liveability indicators, measure and map those and eventually visualise what liveability looks like. Next, Dr. Belen Zapata-Diomedi (RMIT University) shares some insights on health impact assessments: "We do have tools available for city officials to measure the health impacts of urban mobility interventions, such as the health economic assessment tool by the WHO, which allows users to see how population health can be improved by supporting more walking and cycling, and also measures the impacts of changes in exposure to air pollution and road injuries." Watch the video for the results of an assessment in practice from Outer London and check out these products that offer tools to assess liveability in cities by Mosaic, Fluctuo, Vianova and HOPU.

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