Westminster, city for all. A multi-scalar approach for a healthy community

  • Piera Pellegrino University of Camerino
Keywords: health and wellbeing, urban regeneration, multiscale, participation, interdisciplinarity


In the last few years, the interest in the relationship between urban planning and the topic of citizens’ health has spread supported by the action of the World Health Organization which has focused attention on the ‘determinants’ of health, understood as socio-economic, cultural and environmental conditions, as well as life and work. Starting from the assumption that urban planning plays a decisive role in promoting healthy lifestyles, this contribution examines the case of the City of Westminster, to highlight the integration of the health topic in urban planning tools. To be effective, policies for improving health and wellbeing require a multi-scalar approach, among strategies, including sectorial ones, plans and projects, and a multidisciplinary interaction between the actors, to allow the definition of shared actions of development.

Author Biography

Piera Pellegrino, University of Camerino

Architect and PhD, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the SAAD – School of Architecture and Design ‘Eduardo Vittoria’. She carries out research on: cultural landscape and integration with renewable energy; urban planning and seismic risk and prevention; urban regeneration and revitalization; urban wellbeing and healthy city; climate change and quality of life.
E-mail: piera.pellegrino@unicam.it


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Church Street Masterplan is a framework for inclusive growth leading to a safer, more social place to live; it is designed to deliver tangible benefits quickly for local people (credits: www.lda-design.co.uk/work/portfolio/church-street/, 2020). AGATHÓN 07 | 2020
How to Cite
Pellegrino, P. (2020) “Westminster, city for all. A multi-scalar approach for a healthy community”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 7(0nilne), pp. 72-81. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/782020.
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