SAPIENZA Università di Roma
Progetti AWARDS di Università 2013

Title: Life styles and city of the future: the case-study of Rome

Principal Investigator:
CAPUANO Alessandra

Participants (Sapienza): 
DEL MONACO Anna: Ricercatore Universitario DIP. Architettura e Progetto
FERRETTI Laura Valeria: Ricercatore Universitario DIP. Architettura e Progetto
GIANFRILLI Daniele: Ricercatore a t.d. (art. 24 comma 3-a L. 240/10) DIP. Medicina sperimentale
ROMANELLI Francesco: Professore Associato DIP. Medicina sperimentale
TOPPETTI Fabrizio: Ricercatore Universitario DIP. Architettura e Progetto

Other participants (Sapienza)
ZARZANI Alessia: Dottorando Dip.Architettura e Progetto
LUCA Davide: Dottorando Dip.Architettura e Progetto

Other Institutions:
GIOVENALI Stefano: Comune di Roma – Dirigente Roma Servizi per la mobilità
MANETTI Manuela: Provincia di Roma – Director of Dipartimento VI Governo del Territorio e della Mobilità

Collaborative research with:
LENZI Andrea: Professore Ordinario di Endocrinologia DIP. Medicina sperimentale
MIGLIACCIO Silvia: Ricercatore Universitario DIP. Medicina sperimentale

Obesity, and other chronic and metabolic diseases are new epidemics, caused not by viruses, but by inadequate environments and lifestyles. Health prevention, fortification and defense of the body become an obsession that invests the social and political discourse, as well as affects the shape of urban space and architecture, the type of habitat where concentrates the majority of the world.

Furthermore, as it is well known, to cure diseases, especially those that tend to become chronic, has a high cost for the public health system and the introduction of alternative habits helps to reduce the cost of welfare, significant rationalization to be made especially in times of crisis.
The research focus is on the relationship between “urban motion” and “health” and on the recognition of interventions to be made in urban areas as an incentive to “slow motion” to achieve significant benefits in terms of health and wellbeing in general.
For years we have been facing the issue of sustainable mobility on one side and that of the pedestrians on the other. The first tends to focus on technical measures to ensure proper and ordered communication flows within the city, and the second is mainly limited to the city centres, or free-car designed places. In both cases the problem of health is entirely ignored.
The novelty of the present project is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to urban enhancement whose interventions are driven also by measurable effects on citizens’ health status. The aim is to develop and validate novel synthetic indicators of efficacy elaborated by the Department of Experimental Medicine to be applied to studies concerning urban intervention carried out by the Department of Architecture and Design with the finality of promoting healthier and improved life-styles.

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