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Issue 3.1

Mapping the Body: The Use of the Body Mapping Method to Explore Health and the Built Environment in Cape Town, South Africa

How do different types of built environment impact the health and well-being of residents? The working hypothesis was that the existing body of work on the relationship between the built environment and health was limited by evidence from a fairly narrow range of cases. Existing methodological tools (for example, walkability indices) may elide some of the lived and embodied experiences of residents. We needed to test existing concepts, develop new ones, and deploy innovative technologies to expand the scope of ways in which we conceptualize the relationship between the built environment and health.

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