Creating Environments Conducive to Health and Well-being

September 15, 2020 — The Big Picture

Health and well-being are currently a major concern of populations; it is estimated that 48,000 deaths per year in France are due to air pollution, according to the study by Santé Publique France published in 2016. In a rapidly changing world, the societal aspiration to live in a healthy environment is a major challenge.

Today, various factors directly linked to our living environment and to the urban environment have an impact on our health and well-being: the quality of air, water, soil, noise, biodiversity, buildings, changing lifestyles, growing urbanization, mobility, etc.

Promoting quality of life is a real challenge for regions. It is through a systemic approach that incorporates all health determinants (individual, socio-economic, environmental, and those related to urban and regional policies) that we will be able to elaborate on urban and regional development from the point of view of uses and act to design inclusive living spaces that are conducive to the health and well-being of individuals.

So how is a city, neighborhood, or building that is conducive to our health and well-being designed, built, or renovated? How is a property development project or an urban project that maximizes the positive impact on our health while reducing risk factors designed?

It is in this context that Bouygues Construction, as a player in the urban and regional ecosystem, has led this open and collaborative initiative with experts and players in the health and well-being sector, property development and urban players, start-ups, sociologists, architects, companies, and associations. The aim of this initiative was to share best practices and ideas, as well as come up with proposals for the incorporation of these new paradigms into property development and urban projects.

Better understanding the changes that are in progress, anticipating future breakthroughs, and accompanying change were at the heart of this open, multi-partner approach to designing healthy, living, and inclusive cities!


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