Healthy Urbanism

Healthy Urbanism

Program Dates: August 7th-10th, 2017

NewSchool’s Healthy Urbanism summer intersession program guides students in the study of the growing acknowledgment that the way cities and neighborhoods are designed directly impacts the health of the residents, workers and visitors. At the same time, many designers and planners fail to create healthy urban environments through a lack of understanding, experience and training. This programs provides a grounding in the process and design strategies that promote healthful cities. The program covers the broad context of urban issues including regionalism, community and public infrastructure. Addressing current issues involving the homeless, senior citizens, and demographic trends provides an informational base relative to social, political and economic issues associated with urban settings.

This four-day, all day program is designed to provide attendees with an intensive introduction to Healthy Urbanism through participation in presentations, studios, discussions and field trips with NewSchool faculty and invited guest speakers. Participants will come away with an understanding of the impact of the design of the built environment and the impact on the health of the individual and on the community. And how we as planning and design professionals can respond to the statement of Dr. Richard J. Jackson, “America’s Health Threat: Poor Urban Design.” Continental breakfasts and lunches are included daily, along with a reception and dinner during the final evening of the program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the connection between the health of the community and the design of the built environment
  • Attain a basic understanding of Healthy Urbanism
  • Be introduced to current research by guest experts in the field
  • Hear from guest practitioners on current research by selected leaders in the field
  • Develop a design project incorporating the principles of Healthy Urbanism that can serve as an approach for future works


The program begins each day at 9:00am with lectures and related activities that end at noon. Two field trips are scheduled for lunch or immediately after studio work taken place in the late afternoon, followed by three days with talks, workshops, and receptions.

AIA Continuing Education Credits:

This course is under consideration to receive AIA Continuing Education Credits in the Health, Safety and Welfare category. To receive these credits, participants must be AIA members of good standing. An additional fee may be applicable.

Industry Discount:

NewSchool offers a 15% discount to members of the following organizations: AIA, ASLA, ULI, APA, NOMA, ACSA, SARA, CNU, AIAS, NOMAS, and AAG. To receive the discount, members must have applied by June 1st, 2017.

Program Fee: $2,500 (Includes all breakfasts and lunches as well as one dinner)

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