The symposium Active Urban Spaces Connecting People focuses on a number of challenges concerning health and wellbeing in urban communities. In the face of increasing urbanization and in addition to leading the transition to low-carbon societies, European cities play a central role in promoting health and wellbeing as well as addressing the challenge of socioeconomic inequalities amongst urban dwellers, the lack of social cohesion and high prevalence of loneliness and social disconnectedness, growing rates of obesity, social inequality in health, the physical inactivity pandemic, and many other challenges. Cities have important roles to play in addressing these problems and in providing urban environments that are conducive to the health and wellbeing of urban dwellers.
The concept of a Healthscape is used in the symposium to frame the idea of space covering three important dimensions of everyday life and sources to a better health and wellbeing. Foodscapes focus on the city as a diverse and rich social and biological space for food production, consumption and cultures. Activityscapes address the city as a great resource for physical activity practices, and Mobilityscapes focus on the city as spaces offering health and wellbeing through active mobility. Finally, Healthscapes denote urban spaces designed to include specific affordances built into space in connection with wellbeing and health-enhancing activities.