Placemaking & Mobility: Creating Healthy, Sustainable Communities using Evidence-Based Healthy Built Environment Indicators

The Conference Board of Canada, May 30, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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As cities continue to rapidly evolve, urban planners and leaders are searching for evidence-based methods to inform decisions that may impact the future health, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability of their communities. But what are these methods and their indicators? How can decision makers ensure they’re using the right information at the right time, and for the right reasons?

This webinar will outline the state of research and practice related to the use of Community Design Indicators (CDIs) that can be used to quantify and visualize healthy built environments (HBEs). Anthony Smith will review existing evidence linking placemaking and urban mobility principles to direct and indirect population health and community well-being impacts. He will also highlight existing HBE frameworks such as the BC Healthy Built Environment Toolkit and introduce the comprehensive Community Design Indicator (CDI) framework, which provides objective indicators that can be calculated using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Several project case studies will then be presented to highlight how CDIs can be used in professional planning practice to compare neighbourhoods or evaluate future growth scenarios.

Webinar Highlights

This presentation will provide attendees with both background knowledge and practical tools that can inform future urban planning projects and leadership decisions. Moreover, this session will help bridge the gap between health and planning professionals to work collaboratively in the process of creating healthier, more sustainable communities. In this 60-Minute webinar, Mr. Smith will:

  • Summarize current evidence linking community design and transportation planning decisions to impacts on the population health and well-being of communities.
  • Introduce a wide range of quantitative placemaking and urban mobility indicators that can be used to help create healthier and more sustainable communities.
  • Highlight several placemaking and urban mobility project case studies from major cities in Canada.
  • Show how maps and data can be used to inform meaningful community engagement initiatives and evidence-based decisions.

About Anthony

Anthony Smith Anthony Smith is Modelling & Geomatics Advisor at Metrolinx in Toronto and was formerly a consultant in the WSP Transportation Planning & Advisory Services Group. He is an expert at using geographic data and graphic visualization to inform the development of active and sustainable transportation master plans, policies, and urban design decisions. In his new role at Metrolinx, Anthony supports the development of a new Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and other modeling and mapping assignments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Anthony is particularly interested in objective methods for evaluating how community design decisions may impact population health, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability of communities. Anthony completed the Master of Planning program at Ryerson University and his graduate research linked neighbourhood-scale “healthy built environment” indicators to population health and well-being impacts. Anthony’s goal is to use objective data to inform meaningful community engagement processes and evidence-based decisions that help create great places for people to live, work and play.

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