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Healthy City Design 2022

10–11 October 2022
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After many requests for extensions and discussions with our partners, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for our Call for Papers by nearly three weeks, so you now have until 31 May to submit your abstracts.

Why attend?

Since launching in 2017, the Healthy City Design International Congress has established itself as one of the must-attend events for the health and urban design communities.

HCD 2021 Opening keynote plenary

Twelve years ago, the leaders of the world’s nations descended on Copenhagen for a key UN climate summit in the hope of securing a new worldwide agreement on addressing the growing threat of global warming.

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Planetary health

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.

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Pandemic preparedness

This session began with a theoretical commentary on the response to Covid-19 and its impact, followed by two papers exploring the experiences of communities in Asia.

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People at Work

Through interviews and expert panels, this session explores the relationship between food, stress and vibrant energy.

HCD 2021 Keynote plenary: social engagement

Often hailed as the “traffic-calming guru”, urban planner David Engwicht defines the role of transport as one of maximising trade: “The reason we invented cities is for exchange – goods, culture, friendships and knowledge – and to minimise travel.”

HCD 2021 The inclusive city

While official government rhetoric highlights health and wellbeing, ‘levelling up’ and tackling the climate/ecological emergency, the reality of action on the ground often tells a different story.

HCD 2021 Homes and neighbourhoods

The opening session on the second day of Healthy City Design brought together a stellar panel to discuss the planning system in England, which has seen the Government introduce a White Paper on proposed changes to update it for the challenges of the 21st century.

Healthy City Design 2022
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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
  • Mike Nightingale Fellowship
  • 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
  • Health&Greenspace project, URBACT
  • International Society for Urban Health
  • The LDN Collective
Sponsors and exhibitors

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