Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette / Belval
LISER Conference Room, MSH 1st floor
In an age when motorization dominates everyday life, it is surprising to find that walking remains as a popular and substantive source of physical activity across a range of individuals living in high- and medium-income countries. As a result, promoting walking is of interest to transport and health professionals and policy makers who need more evidence on who walks, how much walking takes place, and where it takes place. This talk addresses some of the challenges researchers face in measuring walking as a distinct activity and in understanding how environment affects walking. Various walkability metrics will be presented, together with methods to assess individual exposure to environment in continuous space and time, using objective measures of walking and of environment.
Anne Vernez Moudon is Professor Emerita of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design and Planning; Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she directs the Urban Form Lab (UFL). She is Professeur des Universités and Chercheur Associé of the NEMESIS (Equipe 8 : Environnement, Mobilité et Santé) team of IPLESP (Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health) in Paris. The UFL (http://depts.washington.edu/ufl/) specializes in the spatial analysis of the built environment as it affects travel and health behaviors. The work is supported by US and Washington State Departments of Transportation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and local planning agencies. Dr. Moudon published articles in urban design, transportation, and public health journals. Her books and monographs include Built for Change: Neighborhood Architecture in San Francisco (MIT Press 1986), Public Streets for Public Use (Columbia University Press 1991), Monitoring Land Supply with Geographic Information Systems (with M. Hubner, John Wiley & Sons, 2000), Master-Planned Communities: Shaping Exurbs in the 1990s (with B. Wiseman and K.J. Kim, APA Bookstore, 1992) and Urban Design: Reshaping Our Cities (with W. Attoe, UW College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 1995).
Light lunch provided for registered participants; please register by March 6, 10:00 a.m. (registration link below seminar title)