Harriet Bullitt said that “the strongest emotion anyone has is their sense of place.” Where and how we live has a big impact on our wellbeing and that of our planet. As professionals working in planning and development we have a big responsibility. If we get it right, decisions about the built environment can leave a positive legacy for generations to come; but if we get it wrong we contribute to the social and environmental degradation of our cities and countrysides. We need more best practice examples and evidence about the right policies and design solutions to deliver communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

This blog is a critical analysis of the research, policy and current practice in planning, health, climate change, and sustainable development. For me, this is a place to think through the latest reports and current practice. Over time I hope the posts will contribute to a greater understanding of the wider roles of built environment professionals.

Helen Pineo 2016About me:  I have a multi-disciplinary background with degrees in Community and Environmental Planning, Italian and Linguistics. I’ve been working in the field of planning with a focus on sustainable development for over 10 years.

Currently I live and work in London where I lead on cities and urban health research for a non-profit. I am a part-time doctoral researcher at University College London’s Bartlett Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering (research summary here). More information is on my LinkedIn profile and Twitter @helenpineo.

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