Event details


A Two-day International Workshop (virtual)

PLACE -Reimagining PubLic spAce designing and planning for COVID-19: Implications on hEalth and wellbeing 

The workshop will be led by Dr. Lakshmi Priya Rajendran from University College London, UK and Dr. Dahae Lee from Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, and supported by Research Links Challenge Grants UK-Germany Public Health Workshops grant from the British Council.

Aim of the workshop
The COVID-19 pandemic has been characterised as the worst health crisis in a century, having triggered the worst economic prospects since the Great Depression (UN Habitat, 2020). It has a severe impact on every aspect of society, transforming everyday living, and the functioning of the economy, altering how cities are managed and governed, and exacerbating social and spatial inequalities affecting public health and wellbeing. Among various measures to protect health, restrictions on the use of public space and physical distancing have been key policy measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This has fundamentally changed peoples’ relationship with public space and the way they engage and use spaces, which has significant implications on health and wellbeing but also poses a serious question on the research, planning and design of public spaces for healthy, equitable living in post-pandemic futures. The two-day online workshop will bring together experts and early career researcher from diverse disciplinary background including public health, architecture, urban planning, design, policy, psychology, arts to discuss the challenges, potentials, approaches and strategies to enable health and wellbeing through public space design during and post-pandemic context in UK and Germany.

The plenary sessions are open for all, so please register if you want to attend them.

Plenary session 1

Date and time: 10:30-11:30 on March 6, 2023 (GMT)

Title: How is health a spatial issue?

Speaker: Prof. Laura Vaughan

Professor of Urban Form and Society

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

University College London

Panellists: Prof. Sabine Baumgart & Prof. Martin Knöll

Moderator: Dr. Lakshmi Priya Rajendran

Plenary Session 2

Date and time: 9:15-10:15 on March 7 2023 (GMT)

Title: Place matters for health equity. A public health perspective on environmental health inequalities

Speaker: Prof. Gabriele Bolte

Professor of Social Epidemiology

Institute of Public Health and Nursing

University of Bremen

Panellists: Maxwell Mutanda & Dr. Ay┼čegül Can

Moderator: Dr. Dahae Lee



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