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How can we make cities incubators for health?

Events - 14 October 2015

Fingers are often pointed at cities as a source of negative impact on health. And yet, by virtue of their morphology, the range of services they offer and the support they give to the positive practical contributions made by citizens, cities could become centres of positive health and thus contribute to improved wellbeing for their residents.

West Annex News

Understanding behavioural changes to keep transforming cities

Events - from 01 July to 3 July 2015

La Fabrique de la Cité’s International seminar is held this year in Berlin, Germany.Researchers, architects, public and private sector decision-makers, urbanists and city players will come together to take stock of various initiatives that have been delivered in Berlin, as well as other European and American cities, to transform the city as closely as possible in line with inhabitant expectations.

Understanding behavioural changes to keep transforming cities

Events - from 01 July to 3 July 2015

La Fabrique de la Cité’s International seminar is held this year in Berlin, Germany.Researchers, architects, public and private sector decision-makers, urbanists and city players will come together to take stock of various initiatives that have been delivered in Berlin, as well as other European and American cities, to transform the city as closely as possible in line with inhabitant expectations.

Works

The paradox of City Health, How Cities Can Use their Assets to Improve Population Health

As part of its ongoing research programme on healthy cities, La Fabrique de la Cité asked Jacob West, strategic advisor to the Harvard Global Health Institute and former director of the London Health Commission, to share his thoughts on how cities can promote better health for all.

 

Focus

How can we make cities incubators for health?

The demographic growth of cities is making health a priority for mayors, architects, planners and all those who live in the urban environment, especially in Asia and the English-speaking world. So much so that today the question is no longer how we prevent cities from spoiling our health, but rather how to shape urban planning to benefit the lifelong wellbeing of citizens more effectively. "Cities are the root causes of many health problems, but they are also key to solving a number of these problems", says Jacob West, member of the Harvard Global Health Institute and former programme director for the London Health Commission. This paradox is even more noticeable in very large urban centres, where population concentration and the nature and intensity of economic activity impact directly on the quality of life enjoyed by citizens. Long neglected, the concept of wellbeing then becomes a key factor in the attraction of cities.

Workshop

MIT Mobile Experience Laboratory

La Fabrique de la Cité is conducting a workshop in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mobile Experience Lab on the evolution of lifestyles and its impact on urban transformation. Professor Federico Casalegno is the principal investigator, and he will lead the international observatory that La Fabrique de la Cité and MIT Mobile Experience Lab have decided to launch.

Films

Chicago Data Talk - Proactive Prevention Strategy

Beyond transparency: Brett Goldstein, former Chief Data and Information Officer of the City of Chicago, explains how data can be put together and used to prevent bad events from happening, stopping them before they even emerge.

Los Angeles Data Talk - Making Data Meaningful

For Abhi Nemani, Chief Data Officer of the City of Los Angeles and former Co-Director of Code for America, great Open Data policy means four things: focusing on the user, building civic apps, building a data community, and backing these people up. Put together, they contribute to change citizen's experience.