The way we design and plan our cities, parks and places has profound effects on our health and well-being.
Many of the most sophisticated hospitals now feature therapeutic landscapes, included for the benefits green spaces bring to patient treatment and care. Conversely, there are connections between poor urban amenity and planning, and poor health, with many of our cities qualifying as everything from ‘obesogenic’ – as making us fat – to ‘depressogenic’ – as leading to poor mental health.
In this symposium, design and health experts explore the role of landscape architecture, urban design and planning in making healthful urban environments.
Lily Jencks is the principal of Lily Jencks Studio, an award-winning design firm based in the United Kingdom that integrates architecture, landscape and art to improve the environment of our cities and surroundings. Jencks is the daughter of the late Charles Jencks and Maggie Keswick Jencks, founders of the Maggies Centres. Jencks is a designer of the landscape and gardens of several of the Maggies Centres and remains deeply involved with the charity.
Dr Paul Torzillo
Dr Paul Torzillo is one of the founding directors of Healthabitat, a not-for-profit company aiming to improve the health of people living in poverty throughout the world, primarily through facilitating improvements to housing and living environments. Torzillo is the Medical Director of the Nganampa Health Council in the north west corner of South Australia, Head of Respiratory Medicine and a senior Intensive Care physician at the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital in Sydney, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and Clinical Director of critical care services for the Sydney Local Area Health District.
Claire Martin is Associate Director of Oculus, where she is responsible for the direction, management and delivery of complex public realm and infrastructure projects. Claire is a Board Director of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, a contributing editor of Landscape Architecture Australia, and a member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Victorian Design Review Panel and RMIT University’s Landscape Architecture Industry Advisory Committee.
Professor Billie Giles-Corti
Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a Distinguished Professor at RMIT University and directs the Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group at RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. Her work focuses on the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing. Giles-Corti is Director of RMIT’s Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow. She currently leads a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities.