Conference | Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where we Live

Place: University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK
Dates: 25-26 January 2018

Organisers: World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre and the Department of Architecture, UWE, with AMPS. In collaboration with the Public Health Film Society.

Abstract Submission (Round 1): 01 June 2017

The conference welcomes delegates to present in-person, via Skype or pre-recorded video which will be uploaded to the AMPS YouTube channel.

The origins of the Public Health Movement in the UK lie in 19th Century campaigns to improve the housing conditions of the working poor. In the UK, this link between health and housing 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 in the UK but further afield.

There will be a conference proceedings publication with its own ISSN.
There are several other publications:
1. A Special Issues of the Architecture_MPS journal
2.  Amps Book Series with UCL Press
3. Amps Book Series with Libri Publishing

Other Partners:
The event is coordinated by the UK non-profit research organisation AMPS as part of its engagement with the UN Habitat University Initiative. It is part of a series being organised by an international consortium of universities and publishers including: The University of Derby, La Universidad de Sevilla, University of Cyprus, Swinburne University Australia, London South Bank University Liverpool and John Moores University, UCL Press and Libri Publishing.