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Healthy City Design 2018

Royal College of Physicians, London, UK,
15–16 October 2018
Keynote: planetary health

Species are becoming extinct at about 1000 times baseline rates, the oceans are becoming more acidic, large amounts of forest are changing to grazing land and crop land, and in the process we’re losing soil faster than natural processes can regenerate it.

Keynote: Democratising capital

Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending have the ability to give people more control over how their investments are used, raising awareness of environmentally and socially conscious projects while still ensuring healthy financial returns.

Keynote: International insights

While cities are playing a growing role in population health improvements and have enormous potential to be health-generating places, they also face considerable challenges and need to be governed in a way that gives all citizens the opportunity to enjoy good health.

Healthy Cities

Confronted with a crisis of human and planetary health, cities are now the new battleground for rethinking approaches to sustainable development and building a healthier and health-creating society. Prof Jeremy Myerson introduces the inaugural Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress.

Regional and Local Government

Valerie Shawcross, deputy mayor of London for transport, shares the city's 'Healthy streets' policy – an approach that aims to put people and their health at the centre of decision-making.

Planetary Health

In July 2015, the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health published a report that explored the scientific foundation for planetary health – a new field of study rooted in understanding the interdependencies of human and natural systems. In this keynote, chair of the commission Sir Andy Haines discusses the report’s findings.

Health and Resilience

Dr David Pencheon's keynote address highlights the systems thinking and actions needed to ensure we leave not only an infrastructural legacy in cities but also a human and cultural one.

Health Creation

The UK must develop a plan for building a health-creating society, but it will only be successful if it receives support and engagement across all industry sectors and the wider population, says Lord Nigel Crisp.

Healthy Cities

Lord Mawson founded the internationally renowned Bromley-by-Bow Centre nearly three decades ago. Here, he tells the story of how he helped foster an integrated service model for the area, involving health, education, housing, business and enterprise.

Keynote: Sustainability

The question of how to feed ourselves is really a question of how we should live, explained Carolyn Steel, who took delegates at Healthy City Design International 2018 on a whistle-stop tour of how food shapes our cities and social culture.

Final Programme

With a little over a week to go until the Healthy City Design International 2018 Congress & Exhibition opens in London, the Final Programme for the event has been launched and is available to download.

Congress Theme

In their planning and design, cities have made undeniable progress in advancing the health of their citizens over the past 60 years, with evidence broadly pointing to an ‘urban health advantage’ that city dwellers enjoy over their rural counterparts.

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Endorsing partners

  • Cities & Health
  • Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health
  • The Academy of Urbanism
  • C3 Collaborating for Health
  • BRE
  • Town and Country Planning Association
  • Design Council
  • Urban Design Group
  • WorkTech Academy
  • Media partner: Research Design Connections
  • Mike Nightingale Fellowship
  • London Sustainability Exchange
  • Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN)
  • Construction Industry Council (CIC)
  • Design Quality Indicator
Sponsors and exhibitors

  • HLM Architects
  • Llewelyn Davies
  • Herman Miller
  • HDR
  • WSP
  • Create Partnerships
  • StreetGym
  • Stepless
  • LID Publishing
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