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Healthy City Design 2019

Royal College of Physicians, London, UK,
14–15 October 2019
Co-benefits of health

Significantly greater health benefits can be attained through a focus on joined-up and holistic thinking in respect of environmental strategies, according to Dr Audrey de Nazelle, who delivered the opening keynote at this year’s Healthy City Design 2019 Congress.

Building the healthy city

The postwar period has seen multiple organisations, governments and professions heading in non-sustainable, unhealthy directions – a trend that needs reversing with a sense of urgency, and through multidisciplinary collaboration. This, argued Healthy City Design keynote speaker Dan Burden, director of innovation and inspiration at Blue Zones, can only happen when a new, united approach is applied to city making.

People and planetary health

With human and planetary health under increasing stresses, urban planners need to create more comprehensive theories and tools for action to support city resilience and the wellbeing of citizens – but it’s vital to learn from history and the consequences of earlier thinking. So said Mark W Johnson, a landscape architect and founding principal of Civitas, in a stirring keynote at the Healthy City Design 2019 congress.

Planetary health

Our planet is changing in unprecedented ways and which directly threaten human health. Such changes also bring opportunities to protect and improve health, if we can respond appropriately. Since 2015, the Wellcome Trust’s ‘Our Planet, Our Health’ programme has supported a community of researchers in taking on the challenges that food systems, increasing urbanisation, and climate change pose to our health.

Views and perspectives

Research carried out a couple of years ago by Ipsos MORI and experts for Innovate UK found that citizens want technology to make life in our future cities easier, but they also want equality of access and social interaction to be prioritised. This keynote will build on this research and give delegates insight into citizens’ views of cities across the globe.

Funding models

This keynote address will explore how capital can be democratised, giving community investors the choice to invest in health.

Population health

Drawing on international case studies, this research aimed to explore the role of city governments and their partners in improving population health, and the conditions for success.

Sustainable food

The question of how to feed ourselves is really a question of how we should live. This keynote states that a good food system is imperative for a good life and a good society.


Under a circular economy, the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible. This keynote address will explore how health can be improved through the circular economy.

Arts and health

Art and cultural activities can be thought of as multimodal health interventions, which combine lots of different components that are positive for people’s health. So said Dr Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology and Epidemiology at University College London, during a keynote talk at Healthy City Design that drilled deep into the detail about the influence of the arts on health.

Arts and health

Music is the most under-recognised, undervalued, under-utilised asset on the planet, and it isn’t being used to its full potential. This was Julia Jones’ opening salvo at Health City Design 2019, as she delivered a keynote on the power of music to help improve health and wellbeing, and become part of a city’s utopian vision.

Final Programme

We are excited to announce the launch of the Final Programme for the 3rd Healthy City Design (HCD) 2019 International Congress, to be held on 14-15 October in London.

Healthy City Design 2019
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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
  • Work in Mind
  • Barcelona Institute for Global Health – ISGlobal
  • UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
Sponsors and exhibitors

  • Llewelyn Davies
  • HLM Architects
  • Ryder Architecture
  • Perkins+Will
  • Create Partnerships
  • StreetGym
  • 20’s Plenty for Us
  • Emerald Publishing
  • Art in Site
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