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Healthy cities and quiet areas: policies and practices

Today the creation of healthy public space is increasingly central to governmental programs and a paramount concern of the field that transcends functional planning. Quiet areas are likely to become an even more important type of public space in cities which can provide restoration from the spread of pollution caused by rising urbanisation, traffic and growing population. But how can we account for the immaterial qualities of public space such as quietness? What kind of methods and tools can we use to assess, design and protect urban quiet areas? Against the backdrop of the Healthy Cities paradigm, these questions will be addressed by outlining and discussing international best practices and policies about urban quiet areas, including results and impact on policymaking of the citizen science Hush City project. 

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Dr. Antonella Radicchi 


Antonella Radicchi is a Doctor in urban design and territorial planning and a chartered Architect with international professional experience in research, innovation and project advisory for healthy, inclusive and sustainable urban development. 

She is the Founder of Hush City, the App which empowers people to find, map and assess quiet areas and inform policymaking for healthier and inclusive living. 

She developed her career internationally in Higher Education as a University Researcher, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning and Sustainability and Principal Investigator of  international applied research projects with multi-stakeholder consortia. From 2021-2023, she was a High-Level Expert in citizen science for the EC DG Research & Innovation. 

Currently, she works as a Consultant in sustainable urban development and urban innovation for the European Urban Initiative and as a Scientific Expert Evaluator for the European Research Executive Agency. 

Her research work was awarded international honours and prizes, including a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship (TU Berlin) and an International Rotary Ambassadorial (MIT, Cambridge, USA), and was covered in high-level press outlets. 

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