to create action plans
UrbanCare, is about planning for pedestrian health!
In four hours participants achieved the workshop’s main objectives.
- Learn about streetscapes that restore ecosystem services such as clean air, water, and soil, to improve pedestrian health.
- Understand and describe everyday obstacles slower groups such as children and the elderly face in a neighborhood street network.
- Determine environmental threats and risks for pedestrian health mainly of slower groups.
- Apply streetscape strategies that increase walkability and biodiversity by reducing stormwater runoff and urban heat.
- Coordinate actions that develop and manage a healthy green pedestrian plan.
At 8 am UrbanCare tables were ready!
Two input lectures kickstarted the event!
Charlotte Marchandise from WHO Academy talked about the complex dynamics of decision-making implied in developing urban health interventions. Alvaro Valera Sosa from Building Health Lab explained the UrbanCare concept and four steps to improve pedestrian health beyond the benefits of active mobility.
Each step took 45 minutes of problem-solving exercises + 10-minute group discussions. The goal was to develop a site-specific pedestrian plan to improve the liveability and ecosystem services in one of Berlin’s neighborhoods: Bötzowviertel.
I_ Gap Finder
In this warm-up session, participants were split into two groups. Each group worked on a Pedestrian Loop: a journey fit to the needs and requirements of slower groups, such as children, the elderly, and people with different types of disabilities. The task consisted in identifying urban scenes that hinder the active mobility of slower groups. ‘Pedestrian Challenge Cards’ and mentoring were available at all times.
“Street Eco-Cards” describe physical environmental factors that degrade the urban ecosystem. “Pedestrian Disease Cards” define how our health is affected by these environmental factors. Participants were encouraged to make card combinations and place them in the urban scenes challenging slower groups.
The workshop had a preparation phase that consisted in gathering information on Policies, Technical Resources, and Economic resources available in Berlin, mainly for climate mitigation and mobility. Participants used the facts to map resources and create management positions to develop healthy green streets. Both groups discussed the results at the end of the day with Charlotte Marchandise who played as ‘Governing Mayor of Berlin’ !
The last step started with Jacob van Rijs from TU-Berlin offering inspiring input on ‘how to communicate urban issues and possible solutions.’
Participants created 10-minute streetscape sketches first on pedestrian issues, secondly, on streetscape solutions. With the drawing on hand, one participant for each group had to convince ‘Mayor Charlotte’ and ‘City Planner Alvaro’ on where to invest public money.
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Other UrbanCare cases developing across Europe
Collaborating partners in Berlin
A special thank you to our collaborating partners for their valuable contributions and teaming up in many ways. The Berlin UrbanCare Workshop sparked the creation of an Urban Health Capacity-building Hub to at last bring health research, urban planning, and building design practice together. We look forward soon to keep working as one and welcoming new partners in this vision.
On behalf of a fantastic team,
Alvaro Valera Sosa
UrbanCare research workshops to develop streetscapes for urban health.
Alvaro Valera Sosa (2021)
BHL Building Health Lab
Alvaro Valera Sosa: Conceptualization, Methodology, Investigation, Analyses
BHL Building Health Lab
Alvaro Valera Sosa: Content, Editing, Design, Administration.
Netra Naik: Data curation.
Anna Au: Editing assistance.
Links and sources of interest
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