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Designing for Wellbeing: Promoting Healthy Community Living Through Design

The Conference Board of Canada, October 31, 2018
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We may be living longer, but are we living better? In 2017, Canada spent an estimated $242 billion on health care. Health and well-being are two factors that can impact quality of life. Well-being is a complex concept because it is influenced by myriad social, environmental, economic, cultural, and political factors. Across all, reduced access to resources or exposure to adverse challenges can compromise individual well-being.

Increasing interest among stakeholders is impacting design decisions that foster health, vitality, and wellbeing. Indeed, the design of our built environment impacts our health and wellbeing, with potentially long-term consequences on quality of life.

Research has established clear connections between the built environment and aspects of health and wellness. To support well-being and promote healthier lifestyle choices, community design features can be used to encourage individuals to engage in physical activity, adopt prosocial behaviour, and eat nutritious food.

To provide insight into how the built environment influences well-being, The Conference Board of Canada partnered with DIALOG to publish Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Design Professions. The goal of this work was to create a framework that design professionals, including urban planners, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and engineers, could use to understand and leverage this thinking into their work from conception to evaluation.

Webinar Highlights

Antonio Gomez-Palacio and Monika Slovinec D’Angelo share and provide greater detail on the frameworks’ five domains, which are related to the social, environmental, economic, cultural, and political conditions that influence individual evaluations of well-being.

About Antonio

Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Principal and Founding Partner, DIALOG .

Antonio Gomez-Palacio’s professional experience and research focuses on the intersection of architecture, planning, and urban design. He is internationally recognized for transforming cities into vibrant urban places that respond to their social, economic, and environmental context. Antonio’s work is rooted in participatory processes.

Antonio has worked on a wide range of projects including urban intensification, master planning, mixed-use, transit, heritage, economic development, and sustainability. Antonio is a respected and award winning urban designer known for managing complex projects characterized by consistency, quality, and beauty. Antonio is currently the Chair of the City of Vaughan Design Review Panel and is past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.

About Monika

Dr. Monika Slovinec D’Angelo is a health psychologist with extensive national and international experience developing, implementing, and evaluating health intervention programs, health care delivery models, and strategic health initiatives at organizational and systems levels. Her applied research has focused on strategies and systematic approaches for promoting and sustaining health behaviour change across populations and settings. As a scientific investigator she led research trials in health care and through consultancy roles completed numerous program evaluations at organizational, regional and national levels. She is currently Director of the Health portfolio at the Conference Board of Canada, where she oversees networks and research projects and initiatives in the areas of health care; health economics and policy; and workplace health, wellness and safety. She also continues to collaborate in academic research through her affiliation with the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Monika enjoys an active lifestyle and is committed to promoting health and wellness in her personal and professional life.

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