Making Green Work for Health: Cidade Saúde e Cuidados do Verde

September 4-6, 2023

Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo


This international and interdisciplinary research exchange aims to identify innovative policies, organizational models and design criteria central to amplifying the concept of a new generation of urban greening projects grounded on local economies of green care.

Greening is a mainstream strategy in urban climate policies, and planting trees is particularly popular: Trees capture carbon dioxide, mitigate the urban heat island, and improve liveability and public health. However, urbanization is causing a global decline of mature trees, undermining human health. In this context, ’Making Green Work for Health’ departs from the simple premise that planting trees isn’t sufficient to support human health, and that urban trees need to be healthy too. Our hypothesis is that facilitating and empowering new economies of green care at the local scale can help tackle inequalities and ensure a just green transition.

This project was granted funding out of the Call for Proposals SPRINT 2022 for the organization of exchange activities between Delft and Sao Paulo. It brings together scientists from the Faculty of Medicine of University of Sao Paulo and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft.


Dr Paulo Saldiva, USP

Dr Thais Mauad, USP

Dr Victor Muñoz, TU Delft

Dr Deepti Adlakha, TU Delft

Ms. Laura Janka, Laboratório de Cidades Insper

Plus invited speakers from:

Escola da Paisagem, FAU USP; Prefeitura de São Paulo; International organizations; Community associations; Insper.


04/09: Academic workshop at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo

05/09 and 06/09: Field visits

06/09: Wrap-up session


Paulo Hilário Nascimento Saldiva is a full professor at the Department of Pathology, in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (FMUSP). For over 40 years he has researched the health effects of environment air pollution, including experimental, epidemiological and clinical studies. Among others, he was a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Autopsy in the COVID-19 Pandemic (SARS-CoV-2). He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and coordinator of the Urban Health Hub at the Arq. Futuro Cities Laboratory of the INSPER Institute in São Paulo.

Victor Muñoz Sanz is an assistant professor of urban design at TU Delft whose work examines the design and socio-spatial implications of the past, present and future of work. He is the initiator of Making Green Work, an international collaborative research network with a focus on questioning spatial planning and design conditions supporting a just green transition. The network counts with partners from TU Delft, Ostschweizer Fachhochschule (OST), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Harvard GSD, as well as cities like Almere and Madrid. Joint work has included comparative case study research, published in peer-reviewed journals, and joint funding applications on the planning of new urban forests, on productive urban green, on the acceptance of climate adaptation measures.

Laura Janka Zires is coordinator of the Urban Design Hub at the Laboratório Arq. Futuro de Cidades do INSPER in São Paulo. She has focused her professional work on urban resilience, public space, civic engagement and creative planning processes, leading strategic political projects inside and outside the government, both in Mexico City and São Paulo. Since 2023 she joined the Planning Institute of Fortaleza, Brazil, as Planning Director.