Published: 19th Apr 2018

Design Council worked with Social ChangeUK to survey over 600 built environment practitioners across the UK to understand their views and experiences across multiple areas on healthy placemaking. The survey found that many practitioners are not using data and insight to design and create healthy places. Although some practitioners were aware of the evidence base for creating healthy places, it found that only 27% of practitioners are able to access and use local data to identify local priorities when working on placemaking projects. It also found that greater understanding is needed about the effect of the built environment on health. The research found that the requirements and expectations of national and local politicians to deliver on other priorities (such as housing supply) would often act as a barrier in enabling practitioners to produce health placemaking intervention, while survey respondents felt that the public are not always aware of the effect … (To read the full article, subscribe below)