Health: Design Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live

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Successful presentation of the Future of the Food Axis at AMPS Conference Bristol 2018 in collaboration with Public Heatlh Film Society and World Health Organisation.

Just as agriculture and urbanisation cannot be separated, food and architecture have been intrinsically linked since settlement began. Our evolving relationship with food and a renewed environmental awareness and responsibility to waste will inform the new public health paradigm. This paper will trace a history of the home, looking specifically at back to back housing in Leeds and Public Health Initiatives to propose a new neighbourhood utility. The proposition re-appropriates the obsolete sites of previous communal wash and latrine facilities to address current needs including waste disposal, energy and food production. The new model can be utilised as a strategy to reuse leftover urban space through the setting up of an enabling infrastructure that is taken over by local residents.