Urbanisation and the Built Environment: Exploring How the Built Environment Can Enhance the Health and Wellbeing of the People Living in Urban Slums

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Abstract

Recently, there is a phenomenal growth in the rate of the urbanisation of most countries of the world. As revealed by statistics, more than 50% of the world population already reside in cities, and this will rise to about 68% by 2050. This rapid growth represents a situation where most previously small cities are fast becoming megacities, and most previously megacities have continued to increase rapidly. Some of the immediate resultant effects of this unusual growth are both pressures on the already existing urban built environment, which consequently leads to its continuous expansion, and a remarkable increase in the population of people living in urban slums. The former and the latter effects that are the central focus of this study are worrisome situations that call for concern. The reason is that there is already a consensus among scholars that the built environment can have weighty negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of the people. The argument is that the level of these impacts hugely depends on the differences in the planning, structuring, and designing of the built environment in urban settings. With this, it may not be difficult to conclude that the impacts of living in urban slums/sub-standard built environment can be more endangering. Accordingly, this study explored the built environment, health, and wellbeing of the people living in urban slums. As a literature-based study, it reviewed relevant literature that highlights essential issues on the urban built environment and the health and wellbeing of the people in slums. The review produced an analysis demonstrating the possible characteristics of the built environment and showed how the environment can be structured and designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of the people living in urban slums. The recommendation emanating from the detailed analysis is that those who make decisions on the plan, design, and maintenance of urban built environments should start focusing on incorporating people’s health and wellbeing in their subsequent plans and designs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Ecological Engineering Design
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) 2019
EditorsLloyd Scott, Mohammad Dastbaz, Christopher Gorse
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Pages15-33
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030443818
ISBN (Print)9783030443801
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2020
Event5th International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society - University of Suffolk, Ipswich, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sep 201912 Sep 2019
Conference number: 5

Conference

Conference5th International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society
Abbreviated titleSEEDS 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityIpswich
Period11/09/1912/09/19

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