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Back from the brink: how cities are plotting a healthier future

As changing work patterns begin to influence the future health and sustainability of our urban spaces, Healthy City Design International Congress 2021 will set an agenda for radical change

Our cities stared into the abyss during the global pandemic. City centres emptied, working patterns and supply chains were disrupted, and urban communities faced unprecedented pressures and inequalities.

But now, as we live to learn with the effects of Covid-19, urban planners, designers, policymakers and public health professionals are picking up the pieces and plotting a new approach to developing the post-pandemic city.

‘Back from the brink’ is the title of this autumn’s Health City Design International Congress, which takes place in a virtual format from 11-14 October 2021.

‘New work patterns will be key to making our cities healthier and more sustainable places …’

In recognition that new work patterns will be an important factor in making our cities healthier and more sustainable places after the pandemic, WORKTECH Academy is once again partnering with Congress organisers Salus Global and the Royal College of Art to present new ideas, practice and research on the future of work in cities.

Alongside sessions on sustainable development, pandemic resilience, urban design and placemaking, and mobility and transport, a special work and workplace stream will feature contributions from around the world and include a special workshop led by the WORKTECH Academy team on Thursday 14 October, entitled ‘Healthy Workplace – Healthy Citizens’.

Academy director Jeremy Myerson is the academic chair and co-founder of the Health City Design International Congress.

Book tickets at a special early bird rate before 1 October here. View the preliminary programme here.

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