Prioritising Healthy Placemaking post COVID19

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What have we have learnt from living through COVID19 and how do we build back better?

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The Urban Living Futures & Society Research Theme Champions at Western Sydney University welcome you to the University's 2020 Research Week. For further events during this week, please visit the website at

This on-line event is organised in association with the South West Local Health District, Western Sydney Health Alliance, and Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory.

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’s (SPHERE) Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory, which is focused 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

• Diverse housing provision (integrating affordable housing into development schemes)

• Strong engagement with the wider community and especially vulnerable groups

• New collaborative governance models that offer long term stewardship post-development


2.00 Outlining the purpose of the event

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

2.30pm Breakout groups based on interests & expertise

3.30pm Feedback by group

4.15 Action points and next steps

Please RSVP your attendance through Eventbrite by 1st October 2020. On registering, please complete the survey about your interests and which breakout group you would like to join.

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

The Zoom link will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

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