Title: Revitalising Urban Spaces for the Needs of Aging Population – Biophilic Healing Index supporting Active Ageing in Inclusive Cities
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Eleni Tracada, University of Derby, United Kingdom
Recently the author attended and participated in special training sessions organised by the higher education institution where she works. She had the opportunity to explore ideas about places and spaces for carers and members of their families living with the condition of dementia by exploring and analysing case studies of interactive spaces in creative neighbourhoods. Investigation on performance of public open spaces, including streets, piazzas, green and blue infrastructure led to understand how built environment and urban space can impact to changes of mood and behaviours of people suffering from mental illnesses and conditions. Hence, the author shared research with students by focusing on human behaviours of people navigating in urban spaces designed for active ageing and human comfort. Students and tutor have measured Biophilia in urban spaces and promoted implementation of spatial configurations of human movements via permeable pathlines that increase walkability and free flow. Cognitive patterns of active connectivity have been designed in spaces where navigation of people with mental health conditions should be able to move freely, relax and enjoy the outdoors. Patterns have been carefully selected and discussed with other authors and researchers, such as Nikos Salingaros who has been promoting Biophilic Healing Index (BHI) measurements for better quality of life for all since several decades. BHI concepts promote free fractal flow that integrates indoors and outdoors in harmonious ways. BHI is being tested as a validated tool to help practitioners and planners to design age friendly cities, and support communities to recover from recent restrictions.
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