Bristol 2018
Healthy Cities

The Design, Planning & Politics of How and Where we Live
Event Date: January 25-26, 2018
Abstract Date: October 30, 2017
Christopher Shaw. Chair, Architects for Health: a forum for sharing best practice, knowledge, innovation across the design and healthcare communities.


The World Health Organisation identifies the world’s rush to urbanization represents major threats and challenges to personal and public health. It identifies the ‘urban health threat’ as three-fold: infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases; and violence and injury from, amongst other things, road traffic. Within this tripartite structure of health in the built environment are many issues affecting both the developed and the developing worlds and the global north and south.

In informal settlements the poor design and maintenance of sanitary systems is linked with TB, pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease. The industrial expansion of countries like China and India has increased urban pollution exponentially. In the UK, where this event is held, almost 2 million people live with sight loss. Obesity levels are at an all-time high. Dementia is increasing. Heart disease is linked to sedentary lifestyles and asthma has been connected with to traffic congestion.

Our health and how we live in our homes, streets, neighbouroods and cities cannot be divorced. However, the health issues connected to the built environment are also a social and political problem. Demographic changes, lifestyle preferences and government funding priorities all impact the health of life in cities: an ageing population is increasingly house bound; changing neighborhood patterns erode community support systems; investment in roads increases pollution and makes cities less walkable… and more.

This conference reflects a broad set of interrelated concerns about health and the places we inhabit. It seeks to better understand the interconnectedness and potential solutions to the problems associated with health and the built environment. multiple issues it deals with will be organized into strands seeking to facilitate ‘joined-up’ thinking about health and the built environment across disciplines, across scales and across countries.


  • Public health
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Urban planning
  • Governance
  • Community Studies
  • Urban design
  • Interior design
  • Environmental design

Key Dates

Abstract Submission
30 October 2017
Abstract Feedback
15 November 2017
Registration closes
10 January 2018
25-26 January 2018
Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
01 April 2018
PublicationFeedback for publication
01 June 2018
Publication of Full papers begins
01 November 2018


Design and Health
Healthy Homes | Design for Ageing | Dementia | The Built Environment
The City and Wellbeing
Walkable Cities | Healthy Cities | Active Cities
Social Health
Health Equality and Urban Poverty | Community Health Services | Neighbourhood Support and Wellbeing
Infrastructural Issues
Urban Sanitation and Communicable Disease | The Role of Transport Infrastructures and Government Policy | The Cost Implications of ‘unhealthy’ Cities
Healthy Buildings
Innovations in Indoor Air Quality; ‘Sick Building’ Syndrome | Accessibility | Health Care Buildings


To make the event as inclusive as possible, delegates can attend in-person but can also avoid travel costs by making their presentation as a pre-recorded film. It will be permanently available via the AMPS YouTube channel. Alternatively, they can present virtually via Skype. In all cases, written papers are also acceptable.

Pre-recorded video (20 minutes)
Skype (20 minutes)
Conference Presentations (20 minutes)
Written Papers (3,000 words)


The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books with the publishing houses listed above and short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.


Image: Guy Freeman