Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live – Housing

Image: Guy Freeman.

Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live

Dates: 25-26 January 2018

Place: University of the West of England, Bristol


Highlight Notice: Housing

Abstract Submission Form

Health and Housing

The origins of the Public Health Movement in the UK lie in 19th Century campaigns to improve the living conditions of the working poor. In the UK, this link continued throughout the 20th Century. The first full Labour Government from within the Ministry of Health not only set up the National Health Service after WWII, but directed its efforts to house those left homeless after 5 years of bombing.

In the 1980s, the notion of ‘care in the community’ put a political emphasis on health in the context of the home like never before. Today, our aging population will oblige us to tackle housing design in the future with a completely new set of health and wellbeing criteria in mind. In calling attention to this history and the current demographic trends of the Western world, this highlight call seeks to discuss the specific relationship between health and housing looking to the past, into the future and as it affects us now not just on the UK but further afield.



Reflecting these and other concerns, this conference strand seeks to explore the health of housing from multiple angles including but not limited to: Design for health; Healthy homes, communities and cities; The politics and economics housing; Homelessness; Design for life; Promoting health agendas; Wellbeing and the built environment etc. A sample of themes includes:


Healthy Homes?

How do domestic environments impact on health and well-being? What are the anthropological, philosophical or social scientific approaches to the relationship between well-being and dwelling? How has lifestyle and culture within the home influenced our health? How does the relationship of nature to the domestic environment impact on mental health? What are the health impacts of overcrowding and homelessness?  How healthy is our existing housing stock? Is contemporary architectural design and specification of housing making us healthier? How can we implement Design for Life fully? What design models are architects and developers employing for an aging demographic?

Healthy Communities?

Can housing engender collectivism and a sense of belonging? How are health issues perceived in mass house building and its design? What are the dependencies between housing and social health historically?  Are our homes a reflection of the health of our multi-cultural society? How does housing and community design influence the interaction of different age groups? What can we learn about living healthily from alternative models of housing from the UK and other countries? How can the arts explore issues of health within the places that we live? How is behaviour and perception in relation to housing informed by film and literature?

Healthy Systems?

In what way do planning, economic, design and building policies and regulations address or impact on health within housing? How is land ownership, development and tenure related to the health of occupants? What are the economics preventing the adequate maintenance of some housing? What are the politics permitting the construction of homes too small for healthy habitation? How does housing provision affect the NHS and other health systems internationally? How could changing demographics affect the provision of healthy homes? For preventative care, how can housing provision better respond to need?


Key Dates:

01 June 2017: Abstract Submission (Round 1)  |   15 June: Abstract Feedback *

10 January:  Registration closes

25-26 January 2018: Conference

01 April 2018: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)

15 May 2018: Feedback for publication

15 September 2018: Publication of Full papers begins


* The Round One submission is for international delegates needing to prepare travel plans. The main abstract deadline will be 30th October. 



The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats

1. Conference Presentations (20 minutes)

Presentations can be in person, via skype or through pre-recorded video

2. Written Papers (3,000 words) *

          All abstracts and papers are fully double blind peer reviewed.

Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper.



* 3,000 word papers will be published online in the AMPS conference proceedings series, ISSN 2398-9467. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for inclusion in either:

1. A Special Issues of the Architecture_MPS journal

2.  The AMPS / UCL Press book series Housing-Critical Futures

3. The AMPS / Libri Publishing book series Housing the Future.


Registration and Forms:

Download Submission Form: Abstract Submission Form


Please send this fully completed document to admin@architecturemps.com  |  The document must be in Microsoft Word.  |  Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission UWE  |  Example file name & example: Charlie_Smith_Yet Another Apartment Block_Abstract UWE

Delegate fee: £190

Audience Fee: £90

For more details: admin@architecturemps.com







This event is organised by the interdisciplinary research organisation AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society); its academic journal Architecture_MPS; the Department of Architecture and the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of the West of England.  It forms part of the AMPS program of events, Housing – Critical Futures.

For more details visit: Full Conference Call  |  Housing – Critical Futures