Making Healthy Places offers a comprehensive look at the human health implications of buildings, neighborhoods, and cities. Based on the latest scientific evidence, this multidisciplinary collaboration offers built environment solutions for health, well being and sustainability.


Contributors are leaders in their fields, including authorities such as Jim Sallis, Karen Glanz, Jonathan Samet, Ichiro Kawachi, Reid Ewing, Bill Sullivan, and Tim Beatley. This website is designed to offer additional resources to professionals, instructors, and students looking to further their knowledge and share their research pursuits with colleagues. Readers are encouraged to offer feedback on the book and website, including any errors they find and suggestions for a future edition.

The Book


The Impact of Community Design on Health

  • Community Design for Physical Activity
  • Food Environments
  • Community Design and Air Quality
  • Injuries and the Built Environment
  • Community Design for Water Quantity and Quality
  • Mental Health and the Built Environment
  • Social Capital and Community Design
  • Vulnerable Populations and the Built Environment

Diagnosing and Healing Our Built Environments

  • Transportation and Land Use
  • Healthy Homes
  • Healthy Workplaces
  • Healthy Health Care Settings
  • Healthy Schools
  • Contact with Nature
  • Resiliency to Disasters

Strategies for Healthy Places: A Toolbox

  • Behavioral Choices and the Built Environment
  • Policy and Legislation for Healthy Places
  • Community Engagement in Design and Planning
  • Measuring, Assessing, and Certifying Healthy Places

Looking Outward, Looking Ahead

    • Training the Next Generation to Promote Healthy Places
    • Healthy Places Research: Emerging Opportunities
    • Urban Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
    • Built Environments of the Future