Special Issue "The Innovation Thinking of Urban Green on Human Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: therapeutic landscapes; landscape ecology; landscape planning and design; landscape and human health
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Interests: landscapes and human health; attention restoration theory; urban sustainability and human health
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This Special Issue will present evidence-based articles that explore the extent to which exposure to urban green infrastructure impacts human health. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that contact with urban nature is related to health and wellbeing. The outcomes from previous work show that exposure to urban vegetation is associated with healthy neural and psychological functioning; studies have shown positive impacts of exposure to urban nature on attention restoration and reductions in stress, anxiety, and depression. Other studies have documented associations between exposure to green infrastructure and measures of physical health such as cardiovascular functioning and immune functioning. The vast majority of these studies occurred prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the pace of innovation and the application of new technologies (e.g., wearable devices, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, and big data) have been greatly accelerated.
To what extent can advances in these recent technologies be employed to shed new light on the ways in which contact with nature impacts human health and wellbeing? In this Special Issue, we will publish findings that employ emerging technologies and shed new light on human–nature relationships with an emphasis on human health. We are interested in publishing papers that span scales from small settings to urban planning.
This Special Issue will have three main foci. First, we welcome papers from a variety of cultural and international settings that examine the relationships between urban nature and human wellbeing. Second, we welcome papers that present new understandings growing from measurements made using emerging tools, instruments, and wearable devices for human psychological and physiological responses to nature. Third, we welcome papers that extend recent findings regarding the effects of exposure to urban nature on human health to city planning and urban design. These papers should provide actionable guidelines for how cities might evolve in ways that promote health and wellbeing.
Prof. Dr. Chun-Yen Chang
Prof. Dr. William Sullivan
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- human–nature experience
- urban nature
- green infrastructure
- urban greening and health
- landscape and human health
- biophilic design
- urban agriculture
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Public Health Benefits and Urban Greening in High-Vacancy Neighborhoods
Authors: Wonjin Jeong, William Stewart
Abstract: Over the recent decades, environmental public health discourse has evolved from an emphasis on risk factors, to a broader view that includes the potential health benefits of urban nature. There has been increasing evidence of the positive impact of green space on the physical, mental, and social well-being of urban populations. The purpose of this study is to understand public health benefits associated with urban nature by examining the spatial distribution of health and wellness benefits from urban nature across the city of Chicago, with a focus on high vacancy neighborhoods. We conducted a spatial analysis to understand the relationship between the greening index and health index across the 77 community areas of Chicago. Our analysis demonstrates a significant overlap between geographic areas with lower health-related quality of life and areas with limited access to urban natural areas and green amenities. Our results are partially explained by including an assessment of the proportion of urban vacancy within each neighborhood. Our findings provide practical insights on the functions of urban greening in high-vacancy neighborhoods as a strategy to promote neighborhood health and safety.
Title: With or without water in different natural scale influence human’s psychological and physical health
Authors: Hsing-Fen Tang, Chun-Yen Chang, A-Young Lee, Chia-Ching Wu, Shih-Han Hung
Title: Human brain activity and emotional responses during the horticultural activity of 20's adults using electroencephalography
Authors: Sun-Ok Kim, A-Young Lee, Sin-Ae Park