Faced with the expected exponential increase in the number of people living in cities, administrators and planners are asking themselves the question: is it possible to design wellness-oriented cities?
From the countryside to the cities
Of course, not all cities are the same, but even within the same city there are major differences: in districts that are easier to walk through, for example, and have a higher rate of social connection, there are lower rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetics.
Giving a substantial space to the theme of well-being in city planning, then, seems very important. In Florida, they have tried to make wellness a guiding principle.
Water street Tampa: the first well certified community in the world
By meeting these benchmarks, the forty-acre area in the south of the United States will be the first in the world to have a “Well Certification”. A place where, in short, you are "officially" well. But, precisely, what does that mean?
How is a wellness friendly city made?
And at Water Street Tampa, in a perfect material transposition of the principles of wellness oriented urbanism, there will be numerous pedestrian areas, wide sidewalks, a supermarket to ensure easy access to quality food and several water supply stations.
Already in its conception phase, Water Street Tampa represents a new way of understanding the city and urban planning. And once finished, it will be a model for the (hopefully) increasingly liveable, human-sized, intelligent, sustainable, wellness friendly, city of the future.