In less than 200 years, the proportion of the world’s population living in cities has grown from 5 per cent to more than half. By 2050, cities will need to house 2·5 billion more people. As our planet urbanises, how do we promote sustainable development, wellbeing and inclusive growth in creating cities and communities that are resilient, equitable and fair to all?
Following on from a successful Healthy City Design International Congress in 2017, SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange are collaborating with the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, have announced the Healthy City Design International Congress 2018. The two-day summit is scheduled for 15th-16th October 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians, London.
This years congress is themed around responsibility; Architects, planners, designers, clinicians, technologists, economists, policymakers and citizens all share a transdisciplinary responsibility to create healthier cities that are both equitable and resilient.
The Healthy City Design International Congress is a celebration of collaboration and the sharing of knowledge to help design our future cities to the highest standards. Avoiding some of the common issues that our cities are facing today:
Cities are now under unprecedented scrutiny to develop new approaches to health and healthcare that are more sustainable, equitable and inclusive – and this idea of fairness extends to both people and ‘planetary health’. In a climate of polarisation and politicisation of urban health strategies, making cities fairer and less divisive places in relation to health outcomes depends on how resilient they are in their design and planning. This is not simply about the ability to resist infectious diseases – which is often the reflex response to the resilience issue – at a time when more mobile and connected city populations could make global pandemics more common. Rather, resilience to achieve better urban health takes many different forms.