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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.


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.


Against a background of global climate change, healthier cities are shaped by taking tough decisions on issues such as air quality, resilience planning, working practices, active travel, sustainable homes and green spaces. The 3rd Healthy City Design 2019 International Congress asked 'how can we design a thriving, health-inducing future for all citizens?' In this video, participants discuss the importance of the congress to international research, practice and policy development.


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.

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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