Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

RSPH Lecture Calls for Health and Building Design Partnership

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

RSPH Lecture Calls for Health and Building Design Partnership

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Chairman of Commission on Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) John Sorrell CBE, delivering this year's RSPH-sponsored lecture at the Faculty of Public Health Annual Scientific Meeting in Scarborough, called for a partnership between health and building design professionals in building health into the design of public buildings and public spaces.

"We are living during a once in a generation change to the built fabric of our towns and cities," said Mr Sorell. "Our opportunity and, I believe, our duty, is to design and build an environment which for each child, over their whole life, gives them the best possible quality of life."

Mr Sorrell argued that public health is influenced negatively by a built environment which doesn't take account of the interaction between people, space and structures. Modern supermarket complexes and new housing estates which are designed for the car discourage the pedestrian and therefore encourage sedentary lifestyles and discourage physical activities which increase the risk of obesity. Insufficient public spaces as well as poor quality working environments can increase stress levels which can lead to mental health risks and increased emotional and mental strain. …

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