Tackling health issues of high density living
There is a lack of research in Australia and around the world on what is needed to ensure people can live healthy, sustainable lives in an increasingly urbanised environment. UTS is leading a new landmark study commissioned by Landcom to examine how future high density developments can be planned with a focus on healthy living.
More than half the world’s population now live in cities, a trend set to keep rising. High density development is crucial to scale back urban sprawl that is eating up peri-urban farm and bushland – but residents living in highly urbanised environments are more affected by heat, heart disease, mental illness and Type 2 diabetes.
A new landmark study commissioned by Landcom – the NSW government’s land and property development organisation – and led by UTS, in partnership with University of Sydney and University of NSW, will examine how future high density developments can be planned with a focus on healthy living.
The study will take a unique multi-disciplinary examination of high density living across architecture, planning and public health.
As our cities move to high density living, it becomes crucial to provide quality indoor and outdoor environments that can promote healthy living, UTS School of Architecture Associate Professor Leena Thomas said.
“Our analysis will focus on measures to mitigate health risks from sedentary lifestyles, extreme temperatures, poor ventilation and air quality, and absence of sunlight. These aspects become critical as they are more challenging to address in high density developments.”