Creating ‘Healthy Cities’ is one of the grand challenges facing society in the 21st Century part of which requires imaginative, interdisciplinary research practices. The research explores the emerging relationship between innovative data analytic techniques for improving data gathering techniques applied to urban health. A number of pioneering and creative digital technologies and analytical techniques are examined and the potential consequences for the design of the built environment explored. Robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning are rapidly transforming the opportunities for capturing the emotional and physical wellbeing status of built environment users. Exploratory interdisciplinary research approaches are required to better integrate the opportunities afforded by the emerging digital data landscapes. However there is a paucity of research where this is undertaken using coproduction and codesign. The research concludes that more collaborative, participatory and interdisciplinary research is needed.