Application program to engage a new health and well-being culture in cities and territories


The "Pilot healthy places" programme is a contribution to improving the health and well-being of the inhabitants by renewing the links between health actors and urban planning stakeholders. It also aims to continue and concretize the results of the research project "Programming neighborhoods that are beneficial to the inhabitants regarding health and well-being" led by Marie Chabrol (Urbapilot) and supported by Leroy Merlin Source.

This programme is inspired by typologies of solutions developed in research and confronting them with operational contexts. It is viewed from the perspective of social innovation, relying on intermediary actors and their ability to change their own environment. The ambition is to initiate with several local authorities an approach exploring new solutions which concern as much the public action as the private actors and the users.

At the end of the practical experiments within the territories, the local urban and health (cure and care) decision-makers will get a series of actions, services and programmes likely to spread and apply in different project approaches carried by a diversity of actors (local authority, participatory budget, developer's or social housing programme, private housing regeneration, urban network operator,...) and nourish long-term structuring public policies (multi-scale and multi-sectoral). The role of behaviors and population dynamics will play a driving role in stimulating this search for solutions.


Why this program ?

While more than half of the world's population lives in cities with a growing trend, health is at the heart of urban issues in the 21st century, including the two major societal challenges: the aging of population and the demographic changes in the world a part ; adaptation to climate change on the other.

A quick overview of recent events in the world (deadly pollution, the increase of chronic diseases, epidemics related to the invasion of certain species...) reveals the immense challenge facing urban areas to be able to remain liveable and maintain healthy populations. These events illustrate both the vulnerability and the complexity of urban systems that result in multiple dependencies, whether it is access to quality resources (water, air, food, energy) or the widening of social, economical and territorial inequalities.

The effects of climate change on health and the impact on the quality of the urban environment are now well documented, including a chapter in the latest IPCC report. The World Health Organization publication on the occasion of the Habitat III conference in October 2016 "Health as the Pulse of the New Urban Agenda" also illustrates the need to go beyond sectoral policies (health and urbanism in particular) to build cross sectoral policies where urban health and urban well-being are placed at the center of public action.

Faced with these multiple stakes, territories must organize themselves:

  • Through the implementation of long-term structural policies (infrastructures / equipment / programming of urban functions, etc.) in a context of reduced investment capacity;
  • by short-term actions that must give visibility to long-term actions, initiate new logic of governance and economic model, and also lead to changes in user behavior.


How ?

INTA and Urbapilot are joining forces under this "pilot territories and health / urban health" programme to put into action short-term operational instruments to invent solutions for tomorrow. We claim to work as a "Lab" that seeks to develop collective (and subjective) solutions to counterbalance the dehumanization of indicators and evaluation grids. The goal is to rely on the existing (space but especially people) to understand the links between health / social / environment / urbanism, but especially to test the social innovation potential of some sites and their stakeholders.

We suggest to select at least 4 "territories" with contrasting issues. These territories will be solicited through the network of INTA and the French network of cities WHO City / Health. They will correspond to 4 different levels of urbanization (a metropolis, a peri-urban area, an middle sized city, a rural area); each having their own health issues.


We will carry out a three-step work following a methodology enriched by the experiences of both partners:

Foremost a first phase of launching the program, to structure the college of partners, local authorities, institutions and sponsors involved in the program.

Then, a phase of co-construction of solutions with the territories. This phase will be repeated in each selected territory. It will be divided into three sequences: scan, focus and experimentation.

  • The scan allows the development of the urban / health / environment cross diagnosis with the targeted communities and to identify the ecosystem of local actors. It will be carried out by the project team allowing the development of a shared diagnosis and a shared design of the experimentation tools.
  • The focus is set up in a collaborative way by helping the local stakeholders to take a different look at their projects during an international peer-to-peer review and exchange of experiences.
  • The experiment aims to quickly check the relevance of a concept and to enrich it by the participation of users. The local authorities and actors involved in the previous stages will be in charge of setting up the prototypes to be tested (design / implementation / scenario / animation with users). Our role will be to provide an advisory and monitoring role to the leadership.

Finally, a third phase of evaluation of the program and communication of the results will be put in place. Its objective will be to allow a shared assessment of the various approaches carried out in the pilot territories and the valorisation of the results of these experiments.

// More information- download the Programme's presentation


How can I get involved?

If you are a local authority, a company or an individual who would like to welcome an experimentation, please contact the INTA secretariat.

The next dates to remember:

  • First INTAKAWA around this program, Thursday, October 4, 2018 "Rebuilding the links between health & urbanism: the new challenge of the territories?" in the presence of our great witness Elizabeth Belin, Deputy Mayor of the City of Saint-Denis.
  • Next INTAKAWA Tuesday November 6th and Thursday December 13th.

These meetings will take place from 8:30 to 10:00 at the House of Architecture of Paris: Maison de l'Architecture, Couvent des Récollets, 148, rue du Faubourg Saint Martin, Paris
They are organised in partnership with the Training centre of Paris Region Architects Association.

It is mandatory to register with the INTA Secretariat before participating.


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