Official publication of the „Charta of Neuro-Urbanism“

The Interdisciplinary Forum Neuro-Urbanism publishes work program for mental health in cities

On the International Day of Mental Health, the Interdisciplinary Forum on Neuro-Urbanism officially presents its “Charta Neuro-Urbanism”. The Charta compiles nine hypotheses on the effects of cities on the mental health of their inhabitants. The Charta now serves as a list of demands and recommendation for actions for urban planning and related policies as well as a basis for discussions: The Charta stimulates reflection and action to ensure mental health and social cohesion of city dwellers in times of rapid urbanisation.
The Forum Neuro-Urbanism is a worldwide unique platform of researchers and practicioners in urban research, neurosciences, sociology, philosophy and geography at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Technische Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. It was founded in cooperation with Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft.

Rapid urbanisation processes are the background of the Forum’s work – in 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. In the same time, city dwellers have a higher risk for stress-dependent mental diseases like schizophrenia, depression or anxiety disorders. Therefore, the Forum has been founded with the aim to identify risk groups who are especially affected by social urban stress that is health relevant, and to develop science based prevention measures to create cities that ensure the resilience of their inhabitants. In doing this, the Forum closely cooperates with civic and communal actors. Also, Neuro-Urbanism shall be established internationally as a new approach for thinking and research processes. First successes have already been achieved: In 2018, the Forum has been awarded as “Ausgezeichneter Ort im Land der Ideen” (outstanding place in the Land of Ideas) by the innovation competition “Germany – Land of Ideas”.

During the last year, the Forum has developed the Charta of Neuro-Urbanism in close cooperation with Berlin inhabitants and international experts with the aim to compile the current state of the art, open research questions and interdisciplinary recommendations for action. The English and German version of the Charta as well as further information on the Forum Neuro-Urbanism can be found here.

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