Contact person:
Ebba Lisberg Jensen
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Responsible at Malmö University:
Ebba Lisberg Jensen
Project members:
  • Ebba Malmqvist - Lunds universitet
Time frame:
01 June 2018 - 31 December 2020

Project description

Densifying a city has positive impact by providing adequate housing, lowering of transportation needs and reducing needs of using arable land for housing. But densifying a city have often shown to lead to unwanted health costs by exposing the population to air pollution and noise, and by reducing urban green areas. In order to create a dense and healthy city, with low environmental health impact, the scientific community and stakeholders need to work closely together in the planning of high-density areas (housing and infrastructure).

This project quantifies the health effects of status quo and of a set of densification scenarios. Different ways of densifying a city are explored, to define easily attainable pollution reduction strategies targeting the larger municipal planning level as well as the more detailed scale. It is conducted in close cooperation with stakeholders from involved municipalities and the region. We also propose new cost-effective and suitable mitigation techniques for plans and building techniques in a dialogue with the construction industry. We especially consider environmental health effects on vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and population in low-income urban districts. Developing evidence based strategies is essential to ensure future healthy dense cities that promotes a long-term social sustainability of housing.