The innovative concept of the Urban Health Pathway. Online lecture (7 December 2023)

We will talk about innovative urban space design together with older people. Its originators are Natalia Bursiewicz and Anna Szewczenko. The project is called Urban Health Path and involves seniors getting to know their neighbourhood and being physically active in public spaces. It is a form of ‘urban therapy’ in which architectural elements such as building façade details or urban furniture inspire physical activity and induce attention to the experience of space.The project has developed an app that has already been tested in Gliwice and Barcelona.

Architect, university teacher, professor at the Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture. In his research and teaching work, he addresses the quality of the built environment in the context of the needs and preferences of its users. Particular attention is paid to designing for the elderly and the quality of architecture in terms of health-oriented solutions. Co-author of conceptual works and expert opinions on facilities for the elderly (geriatric wards, senior citizens’ home). Board member of the Polish Gerontological Society and the Polish Ergonomic Society.

She is the author of numerous publications dealing with universal design and the quality of the built environment (e.g. healthcare facilities), mainly in terms of solutions for the elderly. She is the winner of a scientific award of the Polish Academy of Sciences for her habilitation thesis entitled. “Spaces of geriatric care. Shaping the quality of architecture in geriatric hospital wards’. Initiator and initiator of the didactic project and competition “Silesian Przysiadki” for architecture students (in cooperation with J. Tymkiewicz). Co-author of the innovative concept of the Urban Health Path, for which she and her team received an honourable mention in the Gazeta Wyborcza competition “Designed with humanity” in 2023.

The lecture will be held online – details in the event an Facebook:

Citizen Science Week is a series of meetings among people from the world of science, social activists, city authorities and residents to discuss the impact of modern cities on our wellbeing and health – physical and mental.

Citizen Science Week is organised by the SocLab Foundation, the University of Bialystok and the Medical University of Bialystok as part of the JU4H project.

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