Building the Future of Health

GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS – Can the built environment help us stay healthy for longer? Can it inspire us to exercise more? How can we provide for clean water and air? What will our future hospitals look like? Does linking healthy lifestyle and good nutrition to well-designed cities offer a possible cure for Western diseases such as obesity and diabetes? And moreover: how can architects and urban planners play a vital role in solving these issues? These questions - and many more - will take centre stage at the international conference Building the Future of Health.

Building the Future of Health explores the ways in which the design and quality of the built environment can contribute to our health. It offers a broad programme featuring all spatial dimensions: from our cities and neighbourhoods, to our landscapes, to the design of our homes and care facilities and, importantly, our hospitals. Using the Healthy Ageing concept as a starting point, the conference presents inspiring examples and best practices from home and abroad. In addition, it establishes the latest developments in research, policy and specific projects in the field of health and the layout and design of our surroundings. Contributions include lectures, workshops and panel discussions, but also project presentations, excursions, lectures accessible to a broad public of laypeople, and various social events.

EuHPN is supporting Building the Future of Health by sponsoring Chairs for a small number of sessions, covering the latest in design and planning for acute and children's hospitals, psychiatric facilities, community health buildings and health support centres.  You can find out more about Building the Future of Health here


EuHPN Workshop 2015

Europe's healthcare buildings have to change and improve. The pressures of designing strategies to anticipate changing health needs and to make better use of scarce financial resources have driven technological innovation, new methodologies in planning, designing and restructuring hospitals facilities, and sophisticated tools to model the future of healthcare systems.

As these changes gather pace, the 2015 EuHPN workshop undertook a complementary and necessary exercise: Evaluation. Its aim was to tackle a simple but essential question: are we getting better at creating the right environments for patients? And further: which of our strategies, methodologies and tools are really successful in linking health facility design with health and healthcare need? How should we judge the success – or otherwise – of the infrastructure of health?

To answer these and other questions, the 2015 EuHPN workshop was structured around a number of topics linked to the overall Evaluation theme. We invited a mix of top quality speakers to engage with participants from a wide range of health care infrastructure backgrounds to explore this topic in depth. Through two days of plenary sessions and interactive debate we concentrated on finding practical value in evaluation: learning from the past, understanding how to assess and use evidence, and scenario-building for the future. In addition to looking ahead, the EuHPN members also took the opportunity to reflect on 15 years of network meetings and other events, and to assess the EuHPN's contribution to the development of Europe's healthcare buildings.

You can download the final version of the workshop programme here. Speaker presentations are being added to the 2015 workshop webpage, and you can view them here.

EuHPN August 2015 newsletter and workshop news

The August 2015 EuHPN newsletter is here, with an update on the 2015 workshop in Brussels (16-18 November), reviews of two recent conferences, an interview with the author of 'Design Tools For Evidence-Based Healthcare Design' and some brief news items about forthcoming events.  The workshop update includes some key information about the topics that will be covered under our headline theme 'Evaluation'.  We have some expert and interesting keynote speakers in place, and the programme is being populated now, but we welcome any suggestions for further projects or case studies that would fit with the list of topics.  Please get in touch to make an enquiry.