As far back as ancient times, there has been an implicit understanding that public health and urban planning go hand-in-hand, says moderator Uwe Brandes, Faculty Director of Georgetown University’s graduate program in Urban & Regional Planning. Then we built our modern cities. “We could not have created an environment that was more effective in making people, lonely, depressed, obese, and diabetic than what we have built in America today,” says UCLA’s Richard Jackson. But that’s starting to change, says Whitney Gray, of Delos: Today’s planners see the creation of healthy buildings as not just an avocation, “but part of their core job.”
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