ABSTRACT

This chapter introduces the six principles of healthy placemaking that can be applied in practice to create places that are beneficial for our long-term health. The six principles of healthy placemaking are: urban planning, walkable communities, neighbourhood building blocks, movement networks and environmental integration, and community empowerment. Each principle has a rationale behind it supported by case studies and best practice examples. The titles of principles one to five indicate that they address different aspects of spatial organisation, whilst focus of principle six emphasises the role that social interaction plays as the foundation of community empowerment. The interweaving of the grid diagram produces a different block of colour for each of the nine intersections to reinforce the message that all of the six principles relate to one another. A conceptual diagram representing the six principles for healthy placemaking is illustrated by a series of bold icons that are combined to create basic, spatial organisation of a single walkable community.