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Healthy City Design 2020

30 November–03 December 2020
Planetary health

We need to take a systemic approach to address planetary health challenges and the issues around designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities, understanding that when we make one change we will see other changes in the system.

Designing a new world

The revenge of the suburbs, solving the urban paradox, and taking control by getting up and doing things. These were just a handful of the many insights and paradigms on ‘designing a new world’ that the three eminent keynote speakers shared with delegates during the opening session of the second day of the 4th Healthy City Design Congress.

Closing plenary

Drawing out some of the big ideas and core themes explored during four days of talks and panel discussions at this year’s Healthy City Design Congress, the closing plenary session brought together five leading experts in the field to offer their insights on ‘the future healthy city’.


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.

Innovation Challenge

A team of seven nurses from Indonesia have been selected by a judging panel of global health experts as the winners of an innovation challenge.


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.

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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