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

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Tracada, E. 2022. Revitalising Urban Spaces to the Needs of the Aging Population - Biophilic Healing Index Supporting Active Aging in Inclusive Cities. Japan The International Academic Forum (IAFOR). pp. 51-62
AuthorsTracada, E.
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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.

KeywordsBiophilic Healing Index; Active Aging; Inclusive Cities
Year2022
PublisherThe International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
ISSN2435-4937
Web address (URL)https://papers.iafor.org/proceedings/conference-proceedings-egen2022/
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Deposited04 Jan 2023
Page range51-62
Book titleEGen 2022 The 2nd European Conference on Aging & Gerontology Official Conference Proceedings
Place of publicationJapan
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