Revitalising Urban Spaces to the Needs of the Aging Population – Biophilic Healing Index Supporting Active Aging in Inclusive Cities

Abstract

Due to recent years’ involvement in research on behaviours of vulnerable aging people, the author 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 of the performance of public open spaces, including streets, piazzas, green and blue infrastructure led to understanding how the built environment and urban space can impact changes in the mood and behaviours of people suffering from mental illnesses and conditions. Hence, the author shared research with students by focusing on the human behaviours of people navigating in urban spaces designed for active aging and human comfort. Students and the tutor have measured Biophilia in urban spaces and promoted the 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 a better quality of life for all for 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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Eleni Tracada, University of Derby, United Kingdom

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Conference: EGen2022
Stream: Resilience

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To cite this article:
Tracada E. (2022) Revitalising Urban Spaces to the Needs of the Aging Population – Biophilic Healing Index Supporting Active Aging in Inclusive Cities ISSN: 2435-4937 The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-4937.2022.5
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-4937.2022.5


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