Catrin Lyddon is a researcher and practitioner with a Masters of Research in the field of health from Swansea University. Here she reflects on a paid internship at Urban Habitats. This was made possible through funding from Welsh Government and with Swansea University with a specific focus on supporting graduates from groups who face barriers to employment. In line with Urban Habitats’ commitment to creating good work in local places the internship was paid above the level of the Real Living Wage.Read more “Reflective Learning from a Paid Internship”
During a four-month internship at Urban Habitats, I have gained a greater understanding of public health approaches to community wellbeing and the significant role of the built and natural environment in creating health. In this blog I reflect on these approaches in relation to my own community in the Afan Valley which is not an urban or city location but rather a series of dispersed communities in the South Wales Valleys. Do these approaches hold for these communities and what can be learned from these communities about creating health and wellbeing?Read more “Creating health in the Afan Valley”
Creating resilient and regenerative communities
There is no single way to create a healthy community, this roundtable discussed diverse ways of working to create health with people and nature within the design process.Read more “Planning a health creating community”
Does the world need another toolkit?!
When we think about how to support health in communities and how practitioners in the built environment can ultimately help create healthier developments there seems to be an array of toolkits available. Yet how do we know which one to use? It becomes quite difficult to understand which tool is best suited to any given project. This session chaired by Urban Habitats’ director Mark Drane at the Healthy City Design Congress explored precisely this question.Read more “Healthy communities: tools, guidance, and metrics”
The Historical Burden of Shared Air and the Future of Indoor Air Quality
What we breathe impacts our health, and with gaps in knowledge about air quality and public health, we need more data in this area. We also need to consider the implications of Covid-19 which has highlighted that people can themselves generate contaminated air as well as toxins more usually considered in building design.Read more “Can breathing buildings create a public health revolution?”