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14CE - Community Wellbeing: Toward a New Framework

23 May 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Across disciplines, the notions of happiness, sustainability, resilience and health have all attributed to the perceptions of a community’s wellbeing. This notion begs for the examination of the relationship architecture or urban projects at large have in influencing the wellbeing of communities. How do we define wellbeing? How can it be measured?

In recent months, DIALOG and the Conference Board of Canada have partnered to study community wellbeing in relation to city building projects. Recognizing the limitations of other building-centric evaluation, a methodological analysis was undertaken to review past literature as well as collect new data to study. The primary objective of this work has been to develop a framework and set of indicators that allow one to identify and measure community wellbeing.

Learning Objectives

    1. Gain a high level understanding of community wellbeing.
    2. Develop a critical outlook on design standards.
    3. Recognize the indicators of community wellbeing.
    4. Measure the wellbeing an urban project contributed to the community.


Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Arq. MES, RPP, MCIP, MRAIC

As a founding partner of DIALOG, Antonio Gomez-Palacio is committed to creating healthy places, where people thrive through dialogue. Trained as an architect and an urban planner, Antonio’s work is characterized by an engaging and collaborative process, which delivers healthier, flourishing, complete communities. By collaborating across sectors and through the broad engagement of developers, residents, community and political leaders and other stakeholders, Antonio’s plans, designs and policies have a unique track record of generating buy-in and being successfully implemented.