Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health: New urban design and mental health case study project

Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health: New urban design and mental health case study project

There remains a lack of knowledge about how different cities use design and planning to promote good mental health. To address this, the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health has kicked off a city case study project, mobilizing people around the world to examine city design and planning from the perspective of public mental health. We are keen to extract lessons and share best practices, and we invite you to participate.

A UD/MH city case study examines how a particular city applies the key principles of urban design for good population mental health, and identifies opportunities for this city and lessons for other cities. The city case studies involve a simple, flexible method: combining a literature search of local mental health trends and urban design/planning policies with interviews with architects, planners, health specialists and others. We seek to draw out themes, provide insight, spotlight innovation, identify opportunities for the studied city to improve population mental health, plus offer lessons for other cities.

So far we have published case studies for Tokyo and Hong Kong and twenty five people/groups are currently undertaking new case studies in their cities. We would like to see as many cities covered as possible. In particular, we seek more from Africa and South America, which are currently poorly represented. The project can be done alone, in groups, or with your students. All studies meeting the standard will be published in the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health. If this may be of interest to you or your colleagues, please check to see whether your city has already been allocated, but if not, email editor@urbandesignmentalhealth.com if you would like to discuss contributing a case study to this exciting project.


Article by Layla McCay