University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture Environmental Design Program, Landscape and Urbanism (L+U) Special Topics in Community Design: Health and Community Design (3 credits), Sheri Blake, PhD
A healthy community is not determined simply by high health status, but by a community that “continually strives to be healthier in all decisions it makes” related to peace, shelter, facilities and services, education, food, income, a stable ecosystem, sustainable resources, social justice and equity. The emphasis in this course is on social justice and equity in health and community design, recognizing we often approach issues based on the environment in which we were raised, ignoring many other lifestyles, circumstances, experiences, cultures and approaches to the environment and economy in planning/design decision-making processes. The course begins with a brief history of the relationship between the built environment and health. The course covers built environment issues related to active living, age-friendly cities, food security, housing and health, universal design, therapeutic landscapes, environmental racism and justice, integral planning, planning in contested cities, among others. The course should provide students with a broader range of knowledge from which to apply planning/design decision-making in the future.
University of Virginia, School of Architecture, Departments of Architecture, Urban and Environmental Planning, and School of Medicine | Special Topics in Architecture & Planning: Design of Healthy Environments, Spring 2012, Schaeffer Somers and Matthew Trowbridge, MD, MPH