Our City Our Health: Residency


The Our City, Our Health residency explores public health and urban planning with local residents in three areas of Bristol as part of a wider research project called UPSTREAM. See below for details:

Our City, Our Health is a UWE Bristol citizen-engagement project working with UPSTREAM researchers and Bristol-based citizens, artists and organisations. The project uses the arts to encourage discussion on healthy urban development and the hidden health costs of poorly designed cities and to understand the public’s priorities for a healthier, more sustainable Bristol. To have your say, head to: bit.ly/shapeourcity; and follow us on Facebook & Twitter @ShapeOurCity. Funded by the Wellcome Trust.

This residency seeks to engage Bristol's residents in learning, exploring and joining the dialogue around public health and urban planning. This project will help identify ideas for grass roots urban development through inviting people to add themed tags onto fabric map banners during self-led walks around three diverse areas of the city: Lawrence Hill, Filwood and Lawrence Weston. 

The tags and key research areas are: 

  • Neighbourhood design
  • Transport
  • Buildings
  • Natural environment
  • Food environment

Comments and ideas from local people on the banners will be fed back into the consultation and research project as well as help identify areas for future projects and public health interventions led by UWE Architecture students and others. The results will be presented in an exhibition later this year.