Trondheim health cluster and NTNU recently hosted a 2 day work shop discussing how to develop the Rotvoll area into a smart healthy city part. Through an interdisciplinary discussion, several key focus areas including health, mobility in town, road and housing structure, pollution, noise and new innovative technologies were presented and discussed.
Through interdisciplinary planning it is possible to develop a moving city, allowing for walking and biking as the main mode of transportation, availability of healthy food and environmentally sustainable choices. To achieve this, the smart choices need to be the easiest choice to make.
Through planning of active design, it is possible to stimulate people to move more, and to make smart health choices. The Arbor house in Brooklyn New York is one example of how to build affordable housing in a city and at the same time facilitate for physical activity and access to fresh affordable healthy locally grown food.
The K.G Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine contribution to the discussion was highlighting the need for a hill with a view, a “smart hill” where people in an enjoyable way will increase their heart rate while moving, and at the same time maintain or improve their cardiovascular health. How about establishing the “heart hill” (“hjertebakken”) in every city part? In addition, it is important to allow a new city part to embrace everyone that need help to change their lifestyle towards more activity and smart food choices for the sake of their own health, independent of income and education level. In the jungle of fitness and health apps, the development of the physical activity index by Beatstack will be an innovative solution for linking physical activity to optimal health benefits.
As most of us automatically make choices about how and where we move and what and when we eat, it is important to use design actively to stimulate all of us into making smart healthy choices. How slow does the elevator need to be for you to make the stairs your first choice?
Trine Karlsen, Researcher at CERG