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Healthy City Design 2023

16–17 October 2023

The curtain came down on the 7th Healthy City Design International Congress, held this year in Liverpool, with awards presented in four categories.

Health inequalities

If you remove London from GDP figures, the UK’s national income is the same as Mississippi, the poorest US state. That’s according to leading authority on health inequalities Prof Sir Michael Marmot, who highlighted the startling statistic at the Healthy City Design International Congress 2023 in Liverpool, in October.

Healthy housing

When it comes to addressing health equity, of which housing is a key issue, there are three pieces to the puzzle – firstly, there is a need to centre policy and solutions around the people who are affected by this injustice; there is a need to act across sectors and with different players who can make a difference; and there is a need to shift away from a focus on individual behaviour.


Taking action to reduce health inequalities is a matter of social justice. In developing strategies for tackling health inequalities we need to confront the social gradient in health, not just the difference between the worst-off and everybody else.


Impact investing — investing with intentionality for people and the planet — is a mega-trend within financial markets.


Liverpool sits on an intricately folding landscape, in a magical estuary, enjoying the benefit of historically well-formed townscapes. It’s also a city of many firsts. This imagery captures the imagination of residents and visitors alike, inspiring and invoking a sense of meaning.

Skills and capacities

Dr Nathalie Roebbel’s keynote talk at the Healthy City Design International Congress in Liverpool provided an update on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) work on improving urban health through a strategic approach – making the case and making it work.

Impact investing

As we enter an economic period when governments are likely to lack the firepower to tackle the scale of problems that lie in front of them, the potential of impact investing should be considered as an important tool to help create a healthier society.

Closing plenary

Closing this year’s Healthy City Design International Congress in Liverpool, an expert panel of local and national research and policy leaders in urban design, regeneration and health, chaired by Graham Marshall, director at Prosocial Place, offered insights on two days of talks, presentations and workshops, and how the city of Liverpool can improve people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life.

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Endorsing partners

  • Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)
  • Cities & Health
  • Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health
  • The Academy of Urbanism
  • C3 Collaborating for Health
  • Urban Design Group
  • WorkTech Academy
  • Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN)
  • Health and Wellbeing in Planning Peer Support Network
  • Barcelona Institute for Global Health – ISGlobal
  • ISOCARP – International Society of City and Regional Planners
  • International Society for Urban Health
  • The LDN Collective
  • Research Design Connections
  • High Streets Task Force
  • Considerate Constructors Scheme
Sponsors and exhibitors

  • Impact on Urban Health
  • HDR
  • Llewelyn Davies
  • HLM Architects
  • Ryder Architecture
  • Urban Habitats
Award Sponsors