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Healthy city: Masterplan codesign

Rice, Louis; Allen, Chloe; Beaument, Bradley; Cox, Matthew; Finnerty, Daniel; Morthan, Saj; Moulder, Verity; Olaosebikan, Ade; Puri, Anupa; Rugg, Luke; Saxby, Tara; Wye, Alex


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Louis Rice
Associate Professor in Architecture

Chloe Allen

Bradley Beaument

Matthew Cox

Daniel Finnerty

Saj Morthan

Verity Moulder

Ade Olaosebikan

Anupa Puri

Luke Rugg

Tara Saxby

Alex Wye


The research focuses on a codesign project in an urban area in Bristol (UK) that is facing rapid regeneration and redevelopent. The study area contains some of the most socially, economically and environmentally deprived neighbourhoods in the UK. There are relatively high levels of ill- health and severe health inequalities compared to the national and regional averages. Despite these negative factors, there are several positive qualities to the area; it has many historic buildings in the area (although much in need of repair) it is centrally located to the city core, has good public transport links and a vibrant cultural mix. Accordingly, a piecemeal transformation of the area is underway with new residents moving in and additional residential development. Whilst much of this is welcome and bringing much needed upgrading, there are now the emerging challenges of: gentrification, rapidly rising house prices and pressures on the existing historic building fabric. There is currently little evidence of a coherent development and design framework particularly in terms of addressing the key public health issues. The research adopts a codesign approach, facilitating local residents, workers, community representatives and other stakeholders to become part of the design process. The exhibition is part of the research strategy and an opportunity to gather more views from the community whilst also presenting an interim urban masterplan for the area. The gallery is located in the heart of the affected area; to ensure greater chance of exposure to residents and a form of action research by generating activity and change within the area itself. Evaluation of the proposals was gathered during the exhibition process. The case-study and exhibition is part of a larger ongoing research project examining ‘healthy cities’ through a co/design research methodology.


Rice, L., Allen, C., Beaument, B., Cox, M., Finnerty, D., Morthan, S., …Wye, A. (2019). Healthy city: Masterplan codesign

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Conference Name Healthy City: Masterplan Codesign
Conference Location The Space Gallery, Bristol, England
Start Date Feb 11, 2019
End Date Feb 17, 2019
Publication Date Feb 11, 2019
Keywords healthy cities, codesign, participatory design, architecture, urbanism
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