Can some of society's biggest issues be solved by designing and creating healthy places to live and work? We think so, which is why we teamed up with Design Council to explore why, despite the evidence, we continue to design and build unhealthy places.More +
Research and insight for making changes at a policy level to enable healthy placemaking.
There is a wealth of insight around the impact placemaking has on health, yet few are actually doing it. We teamed up with Design Council who shared mission to understand why professionals in the built environment are not creating healthy places and to understand what challenges they face.
Understanding the views and experiences of UK built environment professionals.
We launched a large-scale research project to capture the views of UK built environment professionals. A survey was distributed UK wide by Design Council and we conducted telephone interviews with professionals including urban designers, town planners, architects and developers to further explore their experiences and views of healthy placemaking. This six month study led to a comprehensive report, set of recommendations and a launch in the Houses Of Parliament - which led to cross party support to get healthy placemaking back on the agenda.
Insights and recommendations from this research has informed policy recommendations made by Design Council and has led to further high level talks about reform, policy change and even a change in the law. The report was formally launched in the Houses of Parliament in April 2018 and we have been lobbying for change and advocating the importance of healthy placemaking with local authorities across the UK.
We also plan to look at how to change behaviour around car use and raise awareness of the indoor and outdoor air pollution.
Download the full report and executive summary below!