Mapping cities through the senses of who make them

We are certain that by means of our project, the next particular targets will be attained:

I. Establish policy-relevant investigate thoughts and produce a “eMOTIONAL Cities conceptual framework” for linking city atmosphere, neuroscience and bodily/psychological wellbeing and wellbeing. The target is to increase current awareness with new, systematic evidence from case studies, as effectively as genuine-environment experiments and, by collaborating with suitable stakeholders, achieve a far better translation of science to policies.

II. Utilize geospatial analytics, through quantitative and qualitative system- ologies, to 4 unique urban situation scientific studies, across two continents (3 in Europe and one particular in the US), to determine vital urban place attributes, as perfectly as to map actual physical environments, socio-economic options, mobility patterns and serious-time geo-social media determinants of well being. This will seize the perceived feelings and establish the driving factors affecting the perceptions of the urban surroundings.

III. Merge managed laboratory experiments with area ecological analysis by right capturing people’s physiological and neurobiological responses though interacting with specific city artefacts. We goal to identify how the mind locations accountable for processing the psychological valence and arousal that influence particular person conclusions adapt to buffer environmental influences, so that we could better forecast when these mechanisms could be dysfunctional or not equipped to compensate. We count on to accomplish this by getting advantage of virtual truth, as properly as cellular sensing devices and platforms and as a result of the integration of neurophysiological (superior-density and wireless electroencephalography – EEG) and neuroimaging (purposeful magnetic resonance imaging – fMRI) mind activity.

IV. Gather and analyse equally geospatial and neuroscience facts shelling out specific focus to susceptible groups, age and gender areas in get to discover obstacles and facilitators of city spaces that are really inclusive. The solution is built to contemplate a multidimensional gender perspective – by going over and above binary views and accounting for intersectional facets (these as age, race/ethnicity, money, area of home and many others). We will be aim on furnishing vital evidence for vulnerable elderly people at danger of producing dementia on how urban attributes may well impede useful overall performance.

V. Build an open up spatial knowledge infrastructure (SDI) able of integrating multisource heterogeneous geospatial and neuroscience datasets and time series data. We goal to share and deliver spatiotemporal query and answering capabilities for metropolis psychological areas inside and further than the Emotional Metropolitan areas stakeholders’ local community.

VI. Combine statistical information and geospatial descriptions with con- textual neuroscience details to create evidence-dependent information on how the all-natural and designed surroundings, as nicely as the social material, have an impact on cognitive and affective wellbeing. This will be reached by evaluating city realities from vary- ent countries, thinking about their contrasts and similarities. This will be essential to validate a set of universal cognitive and emotional indicators and products that could be made use of for measuring and predicting city well being, quality of everyday living, environmental hazard-evaluation and sustainability.

VII. Deliver insights and policy- related recommendations to improve the actual physical and psychological wellness and wellbeing in metropolitan areas by leveraging the project’s evidence-primarily based awareness with device understanding-primarily based scenario discovery. Linking exploration to practical have to have, our project will build elementary methodologies to help decision building in phrases of state of affairs discovery and showcase covering distinct dimensions of the duality in urban ecosystem – mental overall health and wellbeing.

VIII. Raise awareness on how the developed environments relate with human senses and condition feelings and health and fitness, fostering citizens to act and request for superior insurance policies that handle wellbeing. By way of a qualified dissemination and conversation method, relevant stakeholders will be produced knowledgeable of Emotional Cities and encouraged to be associated in the challenge, notably through various resources which include workshop preparation for the outside experiments, the venture web site, in-hand dissemination components and other online equipment.

IX. Be certain project sustainability immediately after its summary. Emotional Cities aims to be a sustainable undertaking by producing an exploitation and business approach that contains specific steps to make certain the extensive-time period impact of the major outputs. It is centered on the exploitation of scientific and industrial results. The small business system will focus on evaluating the industrial worth of the impressive well being data and awareness made by the job to urban planning solutions that boost urban overall health in the extended phrase.

One particular of 6 jobs in the European City Wellness Cluster

Psychological Towns is a person of 6 initiatives that comprise the European Urban Health Cluster ensuing from the Horizon 2020 subject matter SC1-BHC-29-2020 Revolutionary actions for improving urban overall health and wellbeing – addressing surroundings, weather and socioeconomic aspects, with the intention to market urban health and fitness in the European Urban Agenda and to optimise synergies, and stay clear of overlaps concerning the jobs chosen from funding on the earlier mentioned mention call.

The Psychological Towns consortium is led by the Institute of Geography & Spatial Planning (IGOT) with the co-coordination of the College of Medicine (FMUL) of the College of Lisbon. It includes 10 other associates from academia and marketplace.


In the brain will be the answer.

In the community place and the constructed atmosphere, we will come across the options.

Contributing authors: Paulo Morgado (IGOT), Bruno Miranda (FMUL) e Ana Bonifácio (IGOT)