CityConversation: Healthy Cities and the Built Environment

Date: - 10:00
Organiser: CityCo
Location: National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG

Are we winning the battle to make our cities more liveable, more sustainable and healthier? 

CityCo is bringing together an international panel of world-leaders in innovative placemaking for a not-to-be missed event for architects, developers, town planners and anyone with a passion for the urban environment and the impact it can have on our quality of life.

For more than a century, public health pioneers and urban reformers have recognised that how we design our cities can play a crucial role in supporting healthy, active lifestyles and combating serious epidemics and their related cost. As the methods and principles of leading urban re-thinkers such as Jan Gehl continue to influence the placemaking agenda and smart data gives us more insight into the impact of the built environment on quality of life more than ever before, CityCo’s latest CityConversation will examine how the ‘liveability’ debate between developers and cities continues to evolve.

The exceptional panel, who believe in creating cities for people through progressive urban planning, smart technology and practitioner-led public initiatives, will explore the link between quality urban design and wellbeing in cities.

The inspirational Riccardo Marini, director of Gehl Architects in Copenhagen, back by popular demand, returns to the panel after appearing at a CityConversation in 2014. Convinced that the path to health, wealth and wellbeing is one that puts people, their culture and art central to our planning process, Riccardo brings a deep knowledge of developing people-centred solutions to how we design our cities.

Completing the panel are Professor Tom Jefferies, head of Manchester School of Architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University, Dr William Bird, CEO at Intelligent Health, a practising GP and author of Walking for Health and Happiness and Toby Sproll, head of retail and leisure at Bruntwood, where placemaking is a key part of its business model and is embodied in the creation of new neighbourhoods across the regions it operates.

Journalist Tony Naylor (The Guardian, Arena and Esquire) will chair the conversation.

To register for the event, please click here by Monday 12 September. CityCo members will be guaranteed places at the event. Non-members will be welcomed on a first-come-first-served basis. When registering for more than one place please remember to enter each guest with a unique email address.

CityCo is an independent membership organisation that works to make Manchester a vibrant, prosperous, international city.

CityConversations are an inspirational series of panel discussions examining contemporary urban themes, with particular focus on Manchester.  They aim to engage and inform through debate and attract sector leaders from across Europe and the UK as speakers. CityConversations are part of the CityCo corporate events programme and are usually exclusive to members, although where possible CityCo may extend these events to the wider business community in Manchester.

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