Restorative Cities

Thursday 12 August 2021 - 12:00 to 13:00


Illustration taken from cover of Restorative Cities

The Urban Design Group, along with the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, are delighted to invite you to the book launch of Restorative Cities: Urban Design for Mental Health and Wellbeing by Jenny Roe and Layla McCay.

The Covid-19 pandemic has focused minds on what has been a rapidly growing focus in urban design and planning: how to shape cities for mental health and wellbeing. Until now, designers, planners, health professionals and other practitioners have lacked the evidence-based book that links science with practice to describe how to maximise positive impact and value.

Restorative Cities brings together the latest evidence and practice for the first time to provide a robust scientific basis for this growing multidisciplinary field, introducing a new Restorative Cities framework that provides clear but flexible principles and guidelines at neighbourhood and city level, with examples from around the world, relevant to anyone interested or involved in urban design and planning for mental health and wellbeing. Join us to celebrate the launch, hear from the authors about the Restorative Cities framework and how it works in practice, followed by a panel discussion with urban design and wellbeing experts.


Katja Stille  UDG Executive Chair | Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design


Layla McCay 
Layla McCay is Director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, London. A psychiatrist and public health specialist, she is co-editor of Urban Mental Health and managing editor of the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health; she features regularly in a wide range of print and broadcast media, from The Financial Times to BBC Question Time.

Jenny Roe
Jenny Roe is Mary Irene DeShong Professor of Design & Health and Director of the Center for Design & Health in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. An environmental psychologist and former head of Landscape Architecture for an international architectural practice, she has written extensively on restorative environments including for the World Health Organization and The Lancet.


Rachel Toms  Public Health England, Housing and Health Manager

Prof Rhiannon Corcoran  Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool | Research Director Prosocial Place

Graham Marshall  Practice Director Prosocial Place | Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool


Use the following discount codes when ordering direct from Bloomsbury:

UK and rest of world  RESCITIES35
Australia  RESCITIES35AU