Cities Changing Diabetes has been advocating for cities to be enabling places for health for almost ten years, and it is exciting that we now have the opportunity to play a role in creating a neighbourhood asset that reflects the programme’s core values.

Two international events add to a busy calendar at Spor 10 in Copenhagen

Spor10 is a community, sports and culture hub taking form in what was formerly a railway depot in Copenhagen. Cities Changing Diabetes is a founding partner behind making the vision at Spor 10 a reality. The master development aims to be one of the healthiest and most sustainable neighbourhoods in the world. You can learn more about the synergies with the Cities Changing Diabetes mindset, and the Spor 10 facility on the new people and community page on our website.

In the coming weeks, two social, physical and health-focussed events will convene international delegations, including city representatives, politicians, policymakers and health experts at Spor10. The first event will be a Healthy Thriving Neighbourhoods Masterclass, where I look forward to welcoming stakeholders and partners from Johannesburg, Madrid, Lisbon, Mississauga and Istanbul from the Cities Changing Diabetes network, plus representatives from Amsterdam too, all joining for a three-day programme. We will look to unlock foodscape interventions, strategies and partnership-building tactics with our foodscapes partner, Gehl. 

Spor10 will also host a high-level side event in conjunction with the International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress of Architects, which this year is hosted by Copenhagen in early July. The Green and Thriving Neighbourhoods exhibition and community hub will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, and will showcase pilots providing concrete climate action while improving community health and wellbeing. Cities Changing Diabetes has developed a foodscapes exhibition with Gehl, and I look forward to presenting the content to the congress delegations as part of a tour of the side-event and Spor 10 itself.

The event will be kicked off with the grand-opening of Spor 10 as a community hub in the shape of a summer party, and guests will have the chance to experience the unique mixed-use space at Spor10 and participate in activities run by community partners. If you are in Copenhagen on 4 July, you can join the summer party. The event is free and open to all in partnership with the City of Copenhagen municipality. For more info, click here