Bottom Up Urbanism – Tackling wellbeing in the built environment through citizen participation and leadership

05/07/2022 11:00 am to 05/07/2022 12:30 pm

Event Details

‘Bottom up urbanism’ can be described as DIY, “tactical, pop-up, guerrilla or emergent urbanism” (Talen, 2017; Udayasuriyan, 2016). It is often used as an umbrella term to describe an approach to improving the urban environment which is devoid of state or corporate leadership. It is an approach that has emerged through civic action and the creative practice of communities and individuals who, quite simply, want to make better places (Finn, 2014).

“From a broader perspective, it is possible to view DIY urbanism as the latest chapter in a long-standing interest in making cities more humane, authentic, and livable through the actions of individuals and small groups rather than the actions of governments or corporations.” (pg.138; Talen, 2017)

This webinar will explore some of the creative and community-driven approaches to creating better places and spaces that promote wellbeing.


This event is part of a series of webinars being delivered by the Healthy Happy Places programme.  The webinars will be exploring a range of topics which will showcase perspectives from mental health, architecture, and urban planning to explore why the built and designed environment matters when thinking about mental health and wellbeing. The design of buildings and the shaping of public spaces in the places we live, work and play contribute to our lived experiences, how we feel, and have the power to promote or stifle wellbeing and recovery. We are building a community of practice that is working at the nexus of placemaking, health, wellbeing and addressing inequalities.

The Healthy Happy Places programme is funded by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and is being delivered as a partnership initiative on behalf of the Integrated Care System for the North East and North Cumbria (ICS NENC) to develop a multi-sector approach for supporting and creating mental health and wellbeing through the built environment. Sign up to receive information about the programme.

Who is it for?

Anyone with an interest in this topic is welcome to attend. NHS staff, public health, planners and architects, designers, Elected Members and third sector community groups may be particularly interested in hearing about different perspectives that impact upon healing and recovery.

Why attend? 

If you are curious about different perspectives on health creation and how built environment professionals and health and public health expertise can come together to think about how design and urban planning may influence our wellbeing.


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If you’d like more information or would like to chat about the Healthy Happy Places programme we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Rachel Turnbull [email protected]

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