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Prioritising Healthy Placemaking post COVID-19

Urban Living Futures and Society Event

Monday 19th October 2020
2pm to 4.30pm
ZOOM Link: to be advised

What have we have learnt from living through COVID19 and how do we build back better? How do we deliver placemaking that incorporates the explicit recognition of the need for social, environmental and economic sustainability and puts healthy placemaking at the top of everyone’s priorities?

We invite all planners, urban designers, architects, engineers, developers and other built environment practitioners and researchers to hear our findings from a NSW state-wide survey about your experiences in making healthy places. We will report back on the barriers you face, and how many of you have overcome them so that your work can positively impact the health of our communities.  The project is part of the Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), focusing on answers to our biggest health challenges.

Where you live shapes how easy it is to buy healthy food, use active transport, and make social connections.   The evidence is clear. But how do we make places that improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for all?  Let’s share our thinking and best practices to break down existing barriers and deliver places that genuinely provide:

  • Healthy living through active living, active transport, access to healthy foods and social connectivity initiatives
  • Interactive green infrastructure and open spaces
  • Effective urban heat mitigation measures
  • Alternative housing provision (integrating affordable housing into development schemes)
  • Future learning – creating lifelong learning opportunities to reskill and expand minds 
  • Strengthening engagement with the wider community and especially vulnerable groups
  • Innovative workplace hubs to stay connected and work from – to minimise daily commutes
  • New employment opportunities connected to activation precincts and beyond
  • New collaborative governance models that offer long term stewardship post-development


2.00 - 2.10pm                   Outlining the purpose of the event

2.10 - 2.30pm                   Presenting NSW state-wide survey results of built environment practitioners’ experiences in making
healthier places

2.30 - 3.30pm                   Breakout groups based on interests & expertise

3.30 - 4.15pm                   Feedback by group

4.15 - 4.30pm                   Action points and next steps

Please RSVP your attendance through Eventbrite by 1st October 2020. (Eventbrite information to come)
On registering, please complete the survey about your interests and expertise to maximise the benefits in participating in this event.

Professor Nicky Morrison, WSU Urban Living Futures and Society Theme Champion

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