Final Programme: Last chance to register

The Final Programme for the inaugural Healthy City Design 2017 Congress, which takes place on 16-17 October in London, is now available to view and download.


Organised by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange in collaboration with Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, the Congress seeks to share and stimulate new research, innovative practice and progressive policy ideas on how to design economically and ecologically sustainable cities that enhance citizen health and wellbeing. 


Six dedicated streams will focus on:


  • Citymaking;
  • Sustainable development;
  • Smart cities;
  • Urban planning;
  • Homes and neighbourhoods;
  • Work and mobility. 


A crisis of global and planetary health

Urban populations are growing at an unprecedented rate, a trend which – when set against the backdrop of an ageing society, rising obesity and chronic conditions, and the urgent need to respond to climate change – presents a powerful case for new thinking on how to design more sustainable, resilient cities that enhance health, wellbeing and social inclusion.

The World Health Organisation defines a healthy city as
one that “supports health, recreation and wellbeing, safety, social interaction, easy mobility, a sense of pride and cultural identity, and... is accessible to the needs of all its citizens”. More recently, in a Lancet series on urban design, transport and health, cities are highlighted as the “key to the future sustainable development agenda”.


Interdisciplinary forum
Aligned with these definitions, the inaugural Healthy City Design 2017 (HCD 2017) Congress & Exhibition will be held on 16–17 October, 2017 at the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK, and will provide an interdisciplinary forum for policy advisors, researchers and practitioners from around the globe.


The event will also host a poster gallery, a knowledge space, an end-of-congress cocktail reception, as well as an exciting study tour of buildings and landmarks known for their focus on sustainability and public health issues.


Download the Final Programme for full details, including programme listings, the posters gallery, speaker biographies, study tour information, and venue details.


Online registration is still open, so hurry and book your place today. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Marc Sansom at or Nicola Howard at