DEBATES (PUBLIC SESSIONS)DESIGNING THE FUTURE
The Healthy City
in collaboration with Architectuur Lokaal
01.12.2016 at 19:00
Our beliefs about health are constantly changing. Today, health is more than ever seen as our own responsibility. Healthy eating and more exercise is the message. At the same time we are seeing increasing health inequalities emerge, especially in the big cities. Which raises many questions. Is it sufficient to simply point out their own responsibility? Or are there other levers to work towards the healthy city? The link between health and urban development is centuries old. For a long time, urban planning was dedicated to the eradication of disease and injuries. But just as our ideas about health, the way we look at healthy urban development is also changing. The emphasis is shifting from 'cure' to 'care'. We are talking about the socialization of health care. But the conditions in which governments, health care providers and institutions operate, are changing rapidly. Budgets shrink, while the demand for health care continues to increase due to the ageing population. In addition, valuable private initiatives are shooting out of the ground like mushrooms. What policies are needed to ensure a healthy and socially inclusive city? How can the government act as a choreographer, and organize a similar (health care) playing field, thus encouraging cooperation between wealthy and fragile players? And what role can designers play in this? In recent years, in both Belgium and the Netherlands, alternative avenues have been expanded and tested through design research and pilot projects, to determine what could be a caring environment in the future . By combining this knowledge, expertise and experiences, and seeking levers for concrete translation into practice, we want to start making real work of a healthy city, for everyone.
Lecture by Paul Vermeulen (DeSmetVermeulen architecten)Duo-interview with Halewijn Lievens (NU architectuuratelier) and Frederik Leenders (City of Utrecht)Public debate moderated by Joachim Declerck (AWB)
Atelier BWMSTRRavensteingallery 54-59Brussels