This one-day event will look at four key areas: transport, natural environment, placemaking and holistic approaches to well-being. 

More details to follow.

If you have any queries, please contact Stephen Gallagher on [email protected].

Human health and well-being are intimately linked to the state of the environment. According to the World Health Organisation and UN-Habitat the environment where we live determines at a minimum 25 per cent of our health status. From climate change to urban environment ‘stressors’ including pollution and noise, the need for people to live and work in places that promote good health is important – even before you consider the effects of a Covid-19.

As the medical saying goes, prevention is better than the cure. This applies equally to health in our towns and cities, where design, policymaking and management needs to play a more active role in promoting good health, rather than leaving it to health service providers to pick up the pieces. 

Urbanists, therefore, have a responsibility to get out in front of the problem and make the case for change. And the urbanist agenda is not limited to protecting people from stressors, but actually getting into the business of creating health; making healthy behaviours and lifestyles a natural rhythm of urban living. Be this through, promoting active travel, ensuring that everyday amenities are accessible locally or supporting more inclusive and diverse communities.     

But with so much talk nowadays of health-related interventions we need to ask ourselves:

  • Should one fix be prioritised over another?
  • How do the various silos involved in city-making come together to solve these issues?

And with poor health being exasperated by inequalities in terms of opportunities, jobs, income, where people have less of a choice where they can live and work: 

  • How can we ensure that our interventions add up to an holistic and equal change across all facets of society?

Join us for this forthcoming conference to explore these issues and more. Learn from leading case studies and how the impact they have made has been measured. Find out which type of placemaking is best for which context and how it has been delivered. 

We will hear from leading experts who will set the scene in terms of the challenges now and what may be coming around the corner in the next decade and more.

The Academy of Urbanism (Number 2) Limited is a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales 0595604, 11c Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 IXE, United Kingdom.
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