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Healthy Places GSD is a student group uncovering the agency of planning and design practitioners to promote healthier communities. We take an equity-focused and cross-disciplinary approach, bringing together students and faculty across campus with practitioners to raise the visibility of research, projects, and advocacy on health and the built environment. Our group hosts panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and on-the-ground site visits to further our shared knowledge and skills.

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Past Events

Evidence-based design has focused on the patient experience, but what is the impact of architecture on those delivering care? In April 2019, Healthy Places GSD hosted a lunchtime talk with Dr. Diana Anderson, a healthcare architect and board-certified internist to discuss the emerging fields of practice connecting architecture and medicine.
From above, panelists discussing what we can learn from Dutch cycling culture
In March 2019, Healthy Places GSD hosted the Boston premiere of Why We Cycle, a documentary about Dutch cycling culture. The standing-room-only event included a panel moderated by Lily Song of the Harvard GSD, featuring Michelle Cook of Roxbury Rides, Angela Johnson of Transportation for Massachusetts, Cara Seiderman of the City of Cambridge, and Anne Lusk of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
In December 2018, Healthy Places GSD co-hosted the Students Rally for Climate Action with ORCA (Organizers for Radical Climate Action) and other organizations at Harvard and the local Boston community. This rally, which took place during Harvard’s Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress, called for support of the Green New Deal.
Erica Walker of Noise and the City, pictured
Do you have the right to peace and quiet? To piano-filled or piano-free enjoyment? In November 2018, Healthy Places GSD hosted a lunchtime lecture with Erica Walker, a researcher on community noise at the Boston University School of Public Health.
In April 2018, Healthy Places GSD organized a cocktails, dinner, and conversation event investigating the meaning of food systems planning. Loeb Fellow Johanna Gilligan moderated a discussion featuring Julie Guthman of UC Santa Cruz, Cassandria Campbell of Fresh Food Generation, and Nicole Negowetti of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.
In February 2018, Healthy Places GSD co-organized Harvard’s first annual Urban Environmental Justice Conference with student groups at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Our panel featured Lily Song of the Harvard GSD, Magdalena Ayed of Harborkeepers, and Alexie-Torres Fleming of Access Strategies Fund.

Healthy Places GSD has also co-sponsored a student rally for climate action, created space for discussion of relevant topics, and toured local urban farms.