What is pedestrian health?

UrbanCare workshops are knowledge check sessions for a fast, fun, and formative experience in urban health.

A methodology to learn, think, and act on threats and obstacles pedestrians have in urban neighborhoods.

Preparation phase

Our personalized web pages develop to the characteristics of participants and the urban context.
On the webpage, participants can:
• Take an online input lecture.
• Realize a workout group activity on local policies, technical, and financial aspects and,
• Organize a guided field trip to the site.

Workshop day


The day is introduced with a brief background on ‘UrbanCare’, and inspiring guest lecture, and an overview of activities.



This warm-up session starts with input on ‘Pedestrian Loops’: pedestrian priority circuits at the neighborhood scale.

Participants split into two groups, each working on a Pedestrian Loop. After selecting a ‘Persona’ chip, the task is to quickly identify at each loop urban scenes that hinder the active mobility of vulnerable groups, such as children, the elderly, and people with one or more types of disabilities.

Group 1 will work on Loop 1. 

Group 2 will work on Loop 4.



What are ‘Pedestrian Diseases’?

“Street Eco-Cards” describe physical environmental factors that degrade the urban ecosystem. “Pedestrian Disease Cards” define how our health is affected by these environmental factors. Participants are encouraged to make card combinations and place them in the urban scenes challenging vulnerable pedestrians.

‘Pedestrian Disease Cards’ describe health conditions that may relate to street threats and risks.



In five minutes, we explain the ‘Holistic Urban Management’ approach.

Then, participants discuss the results from the preparation phase on Policies, Technical, and Economic resources. The information supports participants in mapping possible synergies and creating management positions needed to develop healthy green streets.



‘Streetscape Designs beyond Mobility’ is a speed lecture kickstarting the last session.

With assistance, participants create streetscape sketches at urban scenes to highlight where ecosystem degradation happens and harms pedestrians. The second round of sketches shows designs that regenerate the ecosystem and restore liveability. Solutions must deliver a vision that convinces decision-makers on what to do.

Other UrbanCare cases developing across Europe

A climate-friendly medical campus in Florence, Italy

A medical neighborhood in Nicosia, Cyprus

A health-promoting hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden

UrbanCare research workshops: integrated management to develop streetscapes for urban health and ecosystem regeneration.

Alvaro Valera Sosa (2021)

Project development

BHL Building Health Lab
Alvaro Valera Sosa: Conceptualization, Methodology, Investigation, Analyses

Webpage Credits

BHL Building Health Lab
Alvaro Valera Sosa: Content, Editing, Design, Administration.
Netra Naik: Software, Data curation.
Julia Reißinger: Data curation.

Links and sources of interest

1. https://www.completecommunitiesde.org/planning/complete-streets/walkable-communities

2. https://www.fuss-ev.de/planung-regeln-sicherheit

3. https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/kiezbummel-in-berlin-prenzlauer-berg-das-boetzowviertel-hat-grund-zum-feiern/8700982.html

4. https://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de/nachhaltige-erneuerung/aktuelles/prenzlauer-berg/artikel/ausstellung-sanierungsgebiet-boetzowviertel-eroeffnet


6. https://www.morgenpost.de/bezirke/pankow/article232525871/Prenzlauer-Berg-Hufelandstrasse-wird-zur-Fahrradstrasse-Hufelandstrasse-wird-Fahrradstrasse.html

7. https://www.prokiez.de/

8. https://www.berlin.de/sen/uvk/en/traffic/transport-policy/berlin-mobility-act/

9. https://www.prokiez.de/mitmachen/

10. https://www.fuss-ev.de/

11. https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/07/01/germany-inaction-heat-plans-threatens-health

12. Li, X. L. (2019). Urban heat island impacts on building energy consumption: a review of approaches and findings. Elsevier, 1–43. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544219303895

13. https://www.bmu.de/en/topics/water-resources-waste/water-management/policy-goals-and-instruments/water-protection-policy-in-germany

14. https://www.hcu-hamburg.de/research/forschungsgruppen/reap/reap-projekte/bluegreenstreets/

15. Jekel and Sieker. (2010). Technical University of Berlin Dept. of Water Quality Control, Rainwater management for urban drainage, groundwater recharge and storage. https://www.hmw.tu-berlin.de/fileadmin/i41_hmw/12_DAAD_Rainwater-Jekel-Chile2010.pdf

16. Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin. (2014). Business in Berlin Supports Biodiversity Recommendations for Action – A Guide. https://www.berlin.de/sen/uvk/_assets/natur-gruen/biologische-vielfalt/publikationen/leitfaden_biologischevielfalt_englisch.pdf

17. https://www.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/en/science/research/society-and-nature/biodiversity-policy-lab

18. Parris. (2018). The seven lamps of planning for biodiversity in the city. Cities. Published. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2018.06.007

19. https://pages.eiu.com/rs/753-RIQ-438/images/global-liveability-index-2021-free-report.pdf?mkt_tok=NzUzLVJJUS00MzgAAAGBV_InbTQVjrIIfN5cc8ByRHMP76PMMeejBE3FIVEdHZG1jI8uo_gxS6xShTGZ5RXy7rOAPQXLgojZtsGyvPrHEihMQgWLswo9yOS7VXczrDRuEg

20. https://networknature.eu/european-cities-showcase-what-urban-ecosystem-restoration-means-practice

Pedestrian planning for Urban Health!

We teach UrbanCare’s steps & tools,

Directly assist local teams apply them, 

Help manage a project from concept to creation.