December 2, 2022

Free Webinar: Making Healthy Places: Designing & Building for Well-Being & Equity

Here are three sought after thinkers about place and space all together in one webinar thanks to Island Press. They are just about to release the second  edition of their notable book, Making Healthy Places .


Date:  THURS. DECEMBER 8, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

You can register at this link.

Making Healthy Places, Second Edition: Designing and Building for Well-Being, Equity, and Sustainability Edited by Nisha D. Botchwey, Andrew Dannenberg, and Howard Frumkin | An Island Press bookCan we design and build places that are beneficial to people’s physical, mental, and emotional health, while also advancing equity and protecting the health of the planet? Yes!

Join the editors of the book, Making Healthy Places, along with Katherine Catalano, Deputy Director, Center for Climate, Health and Equity at APHA, for a conversation about how to make that happen. The panel be moderated by Dr. Lois M. Takahashi, Director of the USC Price School in Sacramento. They will discuss the relationship of the built environment to equity and health disparities, climate change and resilience, new technological developments in the built environment, and the evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  1. While much thought and comment is being made about health impacts of civic designs, I have not seen much in this blog about another effect of the design of what is built: the effect of different building styles on social connection especially within the building.

    I have not lived in a concrete tower, nor unfortunately, have I lived in what seem to be a very socially connected low rise buildings in Italy.

    I live in a RS1 area, where I don’t know my neighbours.

    This is a substantial change from my own youth in Vancouver, where I not only knew 7-8 friends of similar age within a couple of blocks, but we interacted often.
    We played road hockey, tennis ball tennis and ping pong at the park, climbed trees and explored at will for hours. We built things, and read comic books in each others basement, and were often fed lunch by my friends’ moms.

    Hopefully someone has studied this, and would be able to share what has been learned about the degree of social connection in communities, and what factors influence it.
    Do residents of tall towers here know their neighbours? Does it work for kids and do they know each other? What do they do together?
    Do the mom or dads connect? How?
    In short, for the neighbourhoods we are planning, how can we encourage social connection, and especially, what features or types of buildings encourage social connection?

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