Brent Toderian, an internationally acclaimed town planner, urbanist and champion of design for active communities is coming to Scotland to deliver a masterclass for planning and architecture professionals next month.

The event, Density Done Well and Walkable Communities is being led by Paths for All, the Scottish charity championing everyday walking for a happier, healthier Scotland. The event aims to raise awareness of how crucial aspects of planning and the design of our environment can lead to healthier communities. 

Ian Findlay, Chief Officer of Paths for All said,

‘We are excited to welcome Brent Toderian to Scotland. We believe that walking is the way that most people can be active to keep healthy in body and mind.

‘Our physical environment can either encourage or be a barrier to active living. In recent times, as a society we’ve designed physical activity out of our lives through design which favours car use and the prevalence of sedentary activities in our work and recreation. This event is about designing physical activity back into our lives through the creation of walkable communities. We hope attendees with responsibility for the planning and design or our streets, greenspaces, homes and communities will feel inspired and informed to take some worldwide best practice forward into their work designing Scotland’s infrastructure. 

‘We are pleased to be partnering with Scotland’s leading organisations in planning and urban design to organise this event. Together our aim is to support and inspire professionals to consider health and physical activity when designing the environments where everyone lives, works and enjoys their spare time.’

Brent Toderian, former chief planner for Vancouver, Canada, said,

"The way we design our cities & communities has a profound effect on whether they succeed or fail, & in many cities we've been doing a really bad job. We need to fundamentally rethink how we plan for people, & redesign our places for walkability & active transport, urban health, sustainability, affordability & better quality-of-life. Having the vision, will & skill to do urban density much better than we have been is a big part of that."

The Density Done Well and Walkable Communities masterclass takes places on 24th October in Edinburgh, find out more.

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