Preliminary Programme launched

The Preliminary Programme for the 2nd Healthy City Design 2018 Congress, taking place on 15-16 October in London, has been launched and is available to download.
Organised by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange in collaboration with Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, the Congress seeks to share and stimulate new research, innovative practice and progressive policy ideas on the theme of ‘Creating healthy cities for all: Designing for equity and resilience’.

Six dedicated streams will focus on: 

  • Healthy homes and neighbourhoods;
  • Urban planning, resilience and renewal;
  • Work and workplace;
  • Sustainable development;
  • Placemaking and the public realm; and
  • Smart cities and mobility. 


Designing for equity and resilience

Evidence broadly suggests that city dwellers currently enjoy an ‘urban health advantage’ because they tend to be healthier than their rural counterparts. But within cities exist health inequalities, and these are largely based on wider social inequalities. Cities have become polarised between rich and poor, public and private, engaged and excluded. undefined - undefined


At the same time, unparalleled socio-economic progress and population growth have created patterns of highly inequitable, inefficient and unsustainable resource consumption, which are taking a heavy toll on the Earth’s natural systems. The result is substantial health impacts, including reduction of food security and nutrition, loss of freshwater resources, higher exposure to communicable and non-communicable diseases, and loss of life from extreme weather events.


Cities are now under unprecedented scrutiny to develop new approaches to health and healthcare that are more sustainable, equitable and inclusive – and this idea of fairness extends to both people and ‘planetary health’.


Interdisciplinary forum

Healthy City Design 2018 (HCD 2018) International Congress & Exhibition is a global forum for the exchange of knowledge on the research, policy and practice of designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities.


In addition to two days of inspiring and informative talks, presentations and workshops, the event will host a poster gallery of innovative research and projects,
and a knowledge-focused exhibition of design solutions for cities, communities and workplaces.


The congress organisers are also delighted to invite participants to join the programme committee for a Gala Dinner and networking evening on Monday 15 October, featuring live entertainment from the Royal College of Music and a keynote address from a world-leading thinker in future city design.


How to register and sponsorship/exhibition opportunities

Download the Preliminary Programme for full details. Online registration is now open, with our Early Bird saving running until 6 September.


For sponsorship opportunities, contact Marc Sansom at