A study conducted by scientists from the University of Virginia Health System shows that there is a relation between green space and violent crime:
How green space can reduce violent crime (source: ScienceDaily)
Casey Schreiber explains in the video below the Garden City concept as envisioned by Ebenezer Howard.
Here is an interesting read by Jean-Yves Tizot on the political theory behind the garden city movement.
Creating an optimal living climate is one of the Four Goals formulated by Gerard O’Neil. This means that urban planners should take public health into account.
We found an important study at ScienceDaily:
Once again we list some interesting science news items, we believe are relevant for future orbital space settlements. Continue reading Science round up 3
A Danish study indicated that children who were raised in a green environment have a 55 percent lower risk of developing mental disorders. For the designers of future space settlements this means that they need to ensure that there will be a substantial amount of public green.
For larger free space habitats such as O’Neill cylinders an interesting example is the Wonderwoods project in the Dutch city of Utrecht. This design by Italian architect Stefano Boeri Architetti combines high-rise buildings with forests, a concept he calls vertical forests.
In The High Frontier Gerard O’Neil states that to feed one person we need 65 square meters of agricultural land. Also he argues in the same book that people need 45 square meters of living space per person to live comfortably. These numbers are important for designing space settlements and here we will assume these numbers to be true. Continue reading Some numbers