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Centenary Planning Futures Lecture

Spatial planning as if people really mattered

Monday, 17 November 2014 at 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Reading, Wokingham RG6 6UD, UK
RTPI South East

Prof Hugh Barton, Professor Emeritus of the University of West England, delivers this year's Planning Futures lecture entitled “Promoting Healthier Cities. Spatial Planning as if People Really Mattered”.

Worldwide health issues such as obesity, mental illness, growing health inequalities and climate vulnerability cannot be solved by medicines, but by tackling the social, economic and environmental determinants. The broad sphere of urban planning and design is critical. Some planners and public health professionals have begun to understand this. But across the globe the key urban decision-makers – politicians and developers as well as professionals – still tend to treat health and well-being as secondary issues, or even irrelevant. It is vital that all the built environment professions, and the developers and public authorities who employ them, take urgent action to stop building unhealthy human environments.

Prof Hugh Barton will discuss these issues and be available for questions and answers.

This event is kindly hosted by the University of Reading, and sponsored by Barton Willmore. The lecture will be followed by drinks and canapes, and the opportunity for socialising, networking and discussion of the issues raised.

The RTPI South East AGM will take place prior to the lecture.