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.
Designing healthier, more sustainable cities that respect the natural resources and ecosystems of the planet – and doing so peacefully in a cooperative, co-productive, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach – is Nobel Prize winning stuff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“The village of the future, the city of the future, and the healthy city of the future is the engaging city,” was a key takeaway from Dr John Zeisel’s inspirational keynote lecture to close day one of the Healthy City Design Congress 2017.
In the face of ageing societies and continued rural-to-urban migration, the institutions of the city – of education, governance, regulation, infrastructure and health – need to adapt quickly to demographic change and the new 21st century population. So warned Professor Sarah Harper, director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, as she closed the Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress in London with a stirring keynote lecture.
The health of our future cities and the people living in them depends on cracking open all the vested interests and silos that became ingrained during the 20th century post-war age. This was one of the dominant threads to come to the fore during a panel debate to launch the Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress in London.