Assessment of the relationship between urban environmental characteristics and resident health

Shun Kawakubo, Toshiharu Ikaga, Shuzo Murakami

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Abstract

Many previous studies have shown that the urban environment may affect human health directly or indirectly. However, those studies have primarily focused on particular aspects of the urban environment and lack an overall perspective. Therefore, this study aims to clarify and identify the urban elements having strong relationships with human health from a broader standpoint. To achieve this goal, multivariable analysis was conducted to determine the relationship between each urban element and resident life expectancy, using data from a comprehensive, nationwide assessment of whole cities in Japan. The results show that the life expectancies of males and females are affected by different urban elements and that moving toward healthier cities will require taking these differences into account.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Pages681-686
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Event10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: 2012 Jul 82012 Jul 12

Publication series

Name10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Volume1

Other

Other10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period12/7/812/7/12

Keywords

  • Comprehensive city assessment
  • Health inequity
  • Life expectancy
  • Multivariable analysis
  • Urban environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Kawakubo, S., Ikaga, T., & Murakami, S. (2012). Assessment of the relationship between urban environmental characteristics and resident health. In 10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 (pp. 681-686). (10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012; Vol. 1).