The Symposium HOW TO DESIGN HEALTHY CITIES IN A WORLD OF INEQUALITIES is being promoted for the first time in the city of Pelotas / Rio Grande do Sul / Brazil, between April 8, 9 and 10, 2019, at the Graduate and Research in Humanities, Social Sciences, Applied Social Sciences, Arts and Language (CEHUS – Organized by the Laboratory of Behavioral Studies (LabCom –, Postgraduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism (PROGRAU –, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (FAUrb) of the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel –

From the international survey “Designing Places with the Elderly: Towards Aging Communities” (, funded by the Newton Fund and ESRC in an international partnership of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, and by the Federal University of Pelotas in Pelotas, Brazil, between 2016-2019, we recognize that simply changing the built form is not enough to create a more inclusive environment, since places are more than physical spaces. Viable environments are articulated through a strong sense of place, defined as the social, psychological and emotional bonds that people have with their environment.

The event is supported by the International Association for Environment Studies (IAPS – and Newton Fund ( The IAPS is a multidisciplinary association that integrates researchers and professionals with interest in the field of environment-behavior, having a collaborative character and disciplinary discussion. It was officially founded in 1981, although in the beginning it has established itself with successful conferences in the European territory, currently has international recognition. The Newton Fund is an initiative of the British government aimed at promoting the social and economic development of partner countries through research, science and technology.

Papers will be accepted for oral presentation and publication in annals in the following thematic sessions: 1. Housing Challenges; 2. Memory, Identity and Sense of Place; 3. Universal Design and Accessibility; 4. Health, Welfare and Environment and; 5. Social Participation, Social Inclusion and Public Policies.