Our concept

The scientific evidence is strong: urban planning can influence health in many ways.

We know that the urban environment can help or hinder health – however, despite growing scientific evidence, health is often left out of the urban planning conversation.

At Healthy Cities, we’ve developed a model to change this. Our multidisciplinary team helps cities to put health at the heart of urban planing. Through urban planning practice, research and strategy we shape the built environment help people live healthier lives. Our innovative healthy planning tool, the Healthy Cities Generator, makes integrating planning into health simple.

Our work is built on the latest research showing how the urban environment can impact mental, physical, and environmental health outcomes.

Density: Compact Cities

Compact cities have a medium density of services and housing, so everything is accessible in 15 minutes.

Mobility: Connected Cities

Connected cities have high quality walking routes, cycle paths, and public transport networks connecting the places people want to go.

Variety: Complete Neighbourhoods

Complete neighbourhoods include a mix of accessible public services, green spaces, healthy food options and commerce.

Landscape: Green Cities

Green cities are made up of diverse green spaces and public areas that encourage leisure and socialising.

Housing: Quality Homes

Quality homes are equitably distributed, energy-efficient, comfortable, and warm.