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Healthy City Design 2020

Royal College of Physicians, London, UK,
12–13 October 2020
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.


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.

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Endorsing partners

  • International Nighttime Design Initiative (NTD)
  • 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
Sponsors and exhibitors

  • Llewelyn Davies
  • HLM Architects
  • Archus
  • Ryder Architecture
  • Visualite
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