Temporary urbanisms as policy alternatives to enhance health and well-being in the post-pandemic city

Lauren Andres, John R. Bryson, Paul Moawad

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    Purpose of the review: While there has been extensive discussion on the various forms of temporary uses in urban settings, little is known on the ways in which temporary and health urbanisms connect. Now, a turning point has been reached regarding the interactions between health and the built environment and the contributions made by urban planning and other built environment disciplines. In the context of the post-pandemic city, there is a need to develop a health-led temporary urbanism agenda than can be implemented in various settings both in the Global South and North.

    Recent Findings: Health-led temporary urbanism requires a reinterrogation of current models of urban development including designing multifunctional spaces in urban environments that provide sites for temporary urbanism related activities. A healthy city is an adaptable city and one that provides opportunities for citizen-led interventions intended to enhance well-being by blending the temporary with the permanent and the planned with the improvised.

    Summary: Health-led temporary urbanism contributes to the call for more trans- and inter-disciplinary discussions allowing to more thoroughly link urban planning and development with health.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCurrent environmental health reports
    Early online date20 Apr 2021
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Apr 2021


    • temporary urbanisms
    • temporary uses
    • health
    • built environment
    • post-pandemic city
    • adaptability
    • health0led temporary urbanism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health Professions(all)


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