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Healthy City Design 2019
Designing the future city for human and planetary health
By Mark W Johnson | 29 Nov 2019 | 0
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.
For well over 150 years, the urban planning profession has shaped theory and practice to improve the quality of life and public health in cities. Yet we live at a time when public health, especially non-communicable chronic diseases, addictions and similar non-pathogenic illnesses, are increasing.
New stresses are emerging on human and global systems – with technologies and climate very much at the forefront. Now is the time for urban planners to learn from history and the consequences of earlier thinking, to help create more comprehensive theories and tools for action to combat these forces.
In our rapidly urbanising world, we must find ways, through planning and design, to improve the true qualities of life and the environment, be more adaptable to rapid change, and be more resilient to impact. 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.