Neighborhood Greenness Has Long Term Positive Impact on Kids’ Health

In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children’s weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children’s body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.

SOURCE: Indiana University – Neighborhood greenness has long term positive impact on kids’ health.

‘Brain city’ a student assignment – Queensland – BrisbaneTimes

A reported plan to build a massive research facility with 10,000 people at Pinjarra Hills, west of Brisbane, is simply a “hypothetical” exercise formulated by urban planning students at the University of Queensland.

SOURCE: BrisbaneTimes‘Brain city’ a student assignment – Queensland –

Top European planner ‘astonished’ by rural housing sprawl – The Irish Times – Fri, Oct 24, 2008

Virna Bussadori, president of the European Council of Spatial Planners, told The Irish Times that “green land shouldn’t be used for building houses everywhere” and the Government should be doing more to protect these areas.

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Urban Planning Expert to head Australian Major Cities Unit

Ms Dorte Ekelund – a person with more than 25 years of urban planning experience – will head up the new Major Cities Unit within the Office of Infrastructure Australia.

As head of the Major Cities Unit, Ms Ekelund will advise government on urban design and development at a time when there is more pressure than ever before on our cities from challenges such as climate change, ageing infrastructure and population growth.

Read more @ australia.gov.au – URBAN PLANNING EXPERT TO HEAD MAJOR CITIES UNIT

Lab report examines new ideas for parks, public landscapes – ASU News

Flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, you become powerfully aware of a suburban landscape dominated by housing subdivisions, by single-family houses with large yards and private pools. You will also see, interspersed throughout the vast expanse of residential tracts, a scattering of public parks and preserves. But what role do these public landscapes play in a city with so many private landscapes, with such abundant opportunities for personalized leisure?

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