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Making Healthy Spaces

Monday, 05 December 2016 at 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Lapworth Museum, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
RTPI West Midlands

“The places that we create have a profound effect upon the quality of life, behaviours and experiences of people who live and work in them.”      House of Lords Select Committee on the Built Environment


The global urban population is increasing, and by 2040 almost 70% of the world’s population will live in towns and cities. In the West Midlands, the population of Birmingham is projected to increase 150,000 in the next 15 years and planners must find space for 51,800 new homes. In recent years there has been a huge increase in the evidence that shows the importance of green spaces for the health and well-being of the urban population, and for the future sustainability of our cities in a changing climate.

At this joint RTPI West Midlands/TDAG (Trees and Design Action Group) event Nick Grayson (Climate Change and Sustainability Manager, Birmingham City Council, UK; and Senior Research Fellow, Natural Capital, University of Birmingham) and Daniel Masterton (Health Psychologist and Senior Researcher at Staffordshire University) will present the importance of including green infrastructure, Natural Capital, and health in the planning process.  

It is hoped that the mix of experts attending this event will strengthen the links between research, planning, and health within the West Midlands.