Better urban design can improve public health. Experts from academia, government, and a local nonprofit will discuss how to make that happen during “Place Matters” at 4 p.m. Nov. 11, 2014, at Brown University.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Experts in urban design and public health will speak at Brown University Nov. 11, 2014, on the profound influence where we live has on how we feel and fare.

Beginning at 4 p.m., a keynote address and panel discussion will focus on how to design neighborhoods that reduce risk and build resilience in urban communities. The experts hail from academia, state and local government, and a local nonprofit. The event, open to the public, is a joint effort of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Keynote speaker Dr. Richard J. Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California–Los Angeles

Followed by panelists:

  • Nadine Gerdts, senior critic, Department of Landscape Architecture, RISD
  • Manuel Cordero, president and founder, DownCity Design
  • Akilah Dulin-Keita, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences, Brown University School of Public Health
  • Peter Asen, director, Healthy Communities Office, City of Providence
  • Charlie Cannon, associate professor, Department of Industrial Design, RISD
  • Dr. Michael Fine, director, Rhode Island Department of Health

A public forum challenging community members, public health researchers and practitioners, artists, designers, and policymakers to build new frameworks for lasting change in the health of individuals and the quality of urban neighborhoods.

Nov. 11, 2014, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a reception.

Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Martinos Auditorium
154 Angell St., Providence