R2 Healthy urban planning Teaching Methodological Guidelines

The coordinator of this result was UNICAM and it was developed through the period of 8 months (from July 2022 – February 2023). Based on the results of the R1 and on the systematization of each partner’s knowledge, this result consists in methodological guidelines to encourage students to learn the principles that guide urban regeneration interventions according to the paradigms of urban health and adaptation to climate change. These guidelines supported students in building design choices on the urban scale by putting the health of citizens at the center. Students have learned how to understand and evaluate the importance of planning, and urban design in mitigating the effects of climate change conditions on health (thermal stress, cardiovascular diseases, kidney diseases, food insecurity, but also increased mortality due to the spread of viruses, to the effects of natural catastrophic events, etc.). These guidelines also allowed students to use the most appropriate design tools, based on geographic information systems (GIS) and 3D modelling, that will enable them to design urban spaces better and to explain their projects to citizens and possible future customers. These methodological guidelines contain all the information for the construction of:

  • Climate and Health Profile (CHP) Model, based on a health questionnaire submitted to citizens, to identify the health risks in the urban environment today and in the future;
  • Future climate projections: Climate scenario “0”; “Future Scenarios” A diagnostic model for the meteorological and climatic characterization of an urban area, starting from its urban and material characteristics. Evaluation of the conditions of thermo-hygrometric comfort perceived by citizens through a series of appropriately developed parameters and indicators, concerning the Factual State “Scenario 0” and to the evolution at 20/30/50 years (“Future climatic scenarios”);
  • Urban Project scenarios Planning and managing the urban regeneration project with the support of most convenient and understandable design representation models (i.e. Building Information Modelling; Virtual and Augmented Reality, etc.) in order to illustrate spatial planning alternatives to the public.

This result can be used in the field of university education and training, but also by public administrations to develop intervention policies at the urban scale by considering climatic risks and state of the population’s health. Moreover, its application at partner level and therefore in different contexts has permitted its replication in other European HEI. The methodology guidelines have been spread out through the project website, Erasmus+ platform, and other channels in order to make them available to all interested stakeholders at local, national and European level. The Healthy Urban Planning Working Method has been spread in e-learning mode to students during the local workshops. This result accomplished:

  • enhancement of researchers and professors ability to work in a team to address and respond to climate change issues in the city’s regeneration policies;
  • innovation within their academic programmes, by increasing the capacity of future architects/technicians to face the complexity of urban issues, which need an integrated vision, by integrating stakeholder’s knowledge;
  • a better understanding of an urban place so as to design it better through alternative health-based design scenarios, also to allow different alternatives and to help urban stakeholders to understand the proposed actions and to endorse the anticipated impacts.

The Healthy Urban Planning Working Method e-learning mode:

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