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Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture - Health and Placemaking

25 November 2020 at 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM / National / Online

25 November 2020 at 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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This event is sold out. 

As we are working from home we have had to limit numbers to ensure we have sufficient bandwidth to support the lecture.

This year’s lecture will be presented by Professor Georgia Butina Watson from the School of Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University and chaired by Sue Manns FRTPI, President of the RTPI.

There is much evidence that places affect our health and wellbeing. Healthy places can support our cognitive, psychological  and physical development, promote social interaction and affect how we function in early and later years. Places we inhabit are planned and designed at various scales, from city-wide to local neighbourhoods and to houses we live in. It is therefore important that we discuss how best to shape our natural and built environment components to provide a long-lasting support for generations to come. This is particularly important today when we are dealing with pandemic and have seen transformations of streets and  neighbourhoods to accommodate changing needs.

The talk will discuss how planners, urban designers and others have contributed to the shaping of healthy places at different scales and the way they have benefitted their local communities. The talk will use some examples of good practice and draw lessons from the Healthy New Towns programme that delivered a holistic partnership working across different professional groups. In conclusion, ideas will be put forward for urban professionals’ roles in delivering healthy places.