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Healthy City Design 2020

30 November–03 December 2020

The 4th Healthy City Design 2020 International Congress takes place from 30 November through to 3 December – and the excitement is building for an event that has taken on a whole new level of significance this year, as government, cities, communities and citizens deal with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the health, environment, social and economic impact from lockdowns and physical distancing protocols.

Workplace wellness

In direct response to the myriad health-related challenges that employers and employees face in dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange and the People Energy Partnership have launched the People at Work Summit: Designing a resilient, healthy and energised workforce, fully integrated into the 4th Healthy City Design Congress on the final day, Thursday 3 December.

Registration offers

We’re delighted to offer a fantastic 15% saving on four-day tickets to members of our event partners.


This presentation will set the context for planning, design and health professionals to better understand how their own expertise and practice can contribute to a better future.


Watch our short video on what delegates at last year's Healthy City Design International Congress thought of the conference and why you should attend in 2020.


Whether it’s climate change, physical inactivity, air pollution, traffic injuries, social isolation, stress, or inequalities, we all agree these major urban environmental and health challenges need to be addressed profoundly and urgently. But the way we address these problems matters.


This presentation will showcase new approaches to music in society that are delivering opportunities to listen, dance and sing more.


This presentation will reveal some of the fascinating findings on the impact of the arts on the prevention and treatment of mental and physical health conditions.


In this session, Dan Burden, with 50 years’ experience designing cities for human and community health, identifies the five healthiest, most sustainable places in the world, called Blue Zones.

Preview 2020

Delegates attending the virtual Healthy City Design 2020 will get access to the newest ideas, the best practice and the most advanced research. As Mark Johnson of Civitas says: “If you're not already here, you should be. This is a great place.”

Plenary session

As part of Healthy City Design 2020, SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange is teaming up with Nursing Now on the second challenge of its Nightingale Challenge Global Solutions Initiative.

Preliminary Programme

We're delighted to launch the Preliminary Programme for the 4th Healthy City Design International Congress, which has been rescheduled to 30 November – 3 December 2020 and will now be held in a virtual setting over four days with more than 100 talks and workshops and 200 speakers from all over the world. In response both to the ongoing challenges faced by cities and communities and by the onset of the global pandemic, this year’s theme explores ‘Designing resilient communities: Recovery, renewal and renaissance’.

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Endorsing partners

  • Cities & Health
  • Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health
  • The Academy of Urbanism
  • C3 Collaborating for Health
  • Design Council
  • Town and Country Planning Association
  • Urban Design Group
  • WorkTech Academy
  • Mike Nightingale Fellowship
  • Media Partner: Research Design Connections
  • Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN)
  • Health and Wellbeing in Planning Peer Support Network
  • Barcelona Institute for Global Health – ISGlobal
  • UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
  • ISOCARP – International Society of City and Regional Planners
  • Salzburg Global
  • Health&Greenspace project, URBACT
  • International Society for Urban Health
Sponsors and exhibitors

  • Llewelyn Davies
  • HLM Architects
  • Archus
  • Ryder Architecture
  • Visualite
Award Sponsors