Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live

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Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live

A conference organised by Amps – Architecture_Media_Politics_Society

25-26 January 2018

University of the West of England, Bristol

Health and Housing

The origins of the Public Health Movement in the UK lie in 19th Century campaigns to improve the living conditions of the working poor. In the UK, this link continued throughout the 20th Century. The first full Labour Government from within the Ministry of Health not only set up the National Health Service after WWII, but directed its efforts to house those left homeless after 5 years of bombing.

In the 1980s, the notion of ‘care in the community’ put a political emphasis on health in the context of the home like never before. Today, our aging population will oblige us to tackle housing design in the future with a completely new set of health and wellbeing criteria in mind. In calling attention to this history and the current demographic trends of the Western world, this highlight call seeks to discuss the specific relationship between health and housing looking to the past, into the future and as it affects us now not just on the UK but further afield.

Themes: Reflecting these and other concerns, this conference strand seeks to explore the health of housing from multiple angles including but not limited to: Design for health; Healthy homes, communities and cities; The politics and economics housing; Homelessness; Design for life; Promoting health agendas; Wellbeing and the built environment etc. A sample of themes includes:

Healthy Homes?

How do domestic environments impact on health and well-being? What are the anthropological, philosophical or social scientific approaches to the relationship between well-being and dwelling? How has lifestyle and culture within the home influenced our health? How does the relationship of nature to the domestic environment impact on mental health? What are the health impacts of overcrowding and homelessness? How healthy is our existing housing stock? Is contemporary architectural design and specification of housing making us healthier? How can we implement Design for Life fully? What design models are architects and developers employing for an aging demographic?

Healthy Communities?

Can housing engender collectivism and a sense of belonging? How are health issues perceived in mass house building and its design? What are the dependencies between housing and social health historically? Are our homes a reflection of the health of our multi-cultural society? How does housing and community design influence the interaction of different age groups? What can we learn about living healthily from alternative models of housing from the UK and other countries? How can the arts explore issues of health within the places that we live? How is behaviour and perception in relation to housing informed by film and literature?

Healthy Systems?

In what way do planning, economic, design and building policies and regulations address or impact on health within housing? How is land ownership, development and tenure related to the health of occupants? What are the economics preventing the adequate maintenance of some housing? What are the politics permitting the construction of homes too small for healthy habitation? How does housing provision affect the NHS and other health systems internationally? How could changing demographics affect the provision of healthy homes? For prevent care, how can housing provision better respond to need? (Amps)

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