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[Comment] Urban design: an important future force for health and wellbeing

13:10 EDT 23 Sep 2016 | The Lancet

Cities are interesting, dynamic, and varied places, but can also be noisy, polluted, difficult to navigate, isolating, and crime ridden. 54% of the world's population live in cities and this figure is estimated to increase substantially in the coming years.1 Cities offer the best options for housing, education, employment, social interaction, and cultural and leisure activity. Cities will also be key to the future sustainable development agenda and have been highlighted in the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 11: “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030”.

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