Green Living

Bristol was  awarded the title of  European Green Capital City  for 2015. To mark this prestigious designation, a 12-month programme of events was put in place by the  Bristol Green Capital Company , celebrating Bristol’s progress in becoming a sustainable city and highlighting its plans for the future. The vision was “for Bristol to become a global leader in sustainable urban living – a global exemplar for happy healthy cities”. One such event was the  52nd International Making Cities Liveable Conference  (IMCL; Monday 29 June -  Friday 3 July 2015) where the IAS coordinated the session on Pedestrian Paths in the Healthy City,  exploring the practice of walking as an aspect of the liveable city.

The role of walking in the achievement of more liveable urban environments raises questions across a range of disciplines:

In medicine
What are the physical and mental health benefits of walking? How are they measured? How robust is the evidence?

In social sciences: What behavioural interventions are effective in increasing walking to/ for school / work / retail / leisure? How robust is the evidence?

In studies of the built environment: What are the most effective, and cost effective, improvements to the urban environment to increase ‘walkability’? How robust is the evidence?

In arts and humanities: What is the role of cultural legacy in the experience of urban life, and the potential contribution of the culture industry to urban planning? How does the historical legacy contribute to the identity of a city and to the sense of identity and belonging of its citizens? What differences arise (and what new possibilities arise) when access to the city’s past occurs at the same time as moving through its present.

We hosted a symposium following on from the IMCL conference, drawing together overseas researchers and those from the University of Bristol to explore new collaborations on the above themes.

He were also awarded the Worldwide Universities Network's (WUN) Development Grant 2014 for a related project on Pedestrian Pathways in the Healthy City.

Our inaugural annual theme for the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship (BMVP) was Green Living.

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