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Urban design and quality of life

Romice, Ombretta and Thwaites, Kevin and Porta, Sergio and Greaves, Mark and Barbour, Gordon and Pasino, Paola (2016) Urban design and quality of life. In: The Handbook of Environmental Psychology and Quality of Life Research. International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life . Springer Publishing, Cham, pp. 241-273. ISBN 9783319314167

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The content of this chapter deals with those aspects of the design of cities, which have been shown to affect aspects of quality of life. Whilst direct correlations between the role of physical space on well-being and experience are often difficult to be established, physical space does play a significant part in how we experience, react, and engage with it; this will be increasingly so, with predictions on urbanization levels growing, principally in conditions of informality. The aim of this chapter is to gather relevant and recent research which highlights advancements in the study of the reciprocal effect between urban form and urban life and use this to draw together an agenda for future thinking, research and practice in the field of socially sustainable urban design.