Field visits

Pre-conference field visits, Tuesday 12th September 2017

For participants who arrive the day before, we have organised a selection of five field visits to provide you with a flavour of how the city of Basel responds to the theme of this year’s conference - 'Empowerment, Engagement and Partnership: participating to develop healthy cities’.

Each visit will start at 17.00 and last between one and two hours. Those leading the visits are all experienced local colleagues and the working language for all the visits will be English. Participants should gather at the meeting points identified below for each visit. Time tables for public transport (bus, tram) in and around Basel are available on andyour hotel is normally meant to provide you tickets for the public transport during your stay.

All conference participants are invited to take part in the visits, free of charge, although you will need to pre-register: you should indicate your first and second preference. Each field visit has a limited number of places and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please note your participation for the field visit will only be confirmed once you have also registered for the City Health conference itself

Pre-registration for field visits is part of the registration process for the City Health Conference itself. During the registration, you will be able to choose your preferred field visits. Click here to register.

We hope that the information above provides enough to whet your appetite and encourage you to take part in one of the visits. If you require any further information, please contact Nadine Käser (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Field Visit A: Participation for kids health in an urban context

Visit guide Mirjam Rotzler

(See only German)

«Kinderbüro Basel» is committed to the engagement of children as citizens from an early age. Its projects in Basel engage the kids in the planning of playgrounds, the reconstruction of schools and schoolyards, transport strategies and traffic development as well as in urban development in general. Our aim is to use their collective energy and input to inform and influence the municipal administration, politics and politicians. During the visit you will learn of some of the outcomes from their work.

Arrangements: 17.00 meet at the bus stop named «Universität» (Bus No. 30)

Field Visit B: The relation between social exclusion and health from the perspective of homeless people in Basel City (visit cancelled)

Visit guides Markus Christen and Heiko Schmitz


(See only German)

The Surprise Association has sought to empower people with multiple social difficulties since 1997, by providing them with opportunities to help themselves. The field visit of Surprise will be lead by people who are, or have been homeless due to a number of reasons, who will show you a different side to urban life. The visit will include a variety of charitable institutions and places that are/were vital and life-saving to them and other homeless people, drug users and street drinkers, long-term unemployed, asylum seekers and refugees, those on low incomes and elderly people who barely survive on a meagre pension. The services include for example short- and long-term accommodation for the homeless, companies offering accessible employment, parks and areas that are frequented by the homeless, or used for sleeping spots. Topics for discussion during the visit will include the relation of poverty, social exclusion and health in an urban context.

Arrangements: 17.00 meet at the bus stop named «Riehenring» (Bus No. 30)

Field Visit C: A community platform and cultural centre and its multifaceted role for healthy cities

Visit guide Marc Moresi

(See only German)

The Dreirosen Freizeithalle is a special sociocultural centre on the bank of the river Rhein, near the German and French border, in the district of Kleinbasel. The place combines a unique variety of social, health and cultural aspects. Located in an area famous for its multi-cultural community aspects, it is a platform, meeting point and place to go for the whole local population of all ages and social backgrounds, including international business people as well as local families, refugees etc. Your visit will give you an overview on the multifaceted social aspects of the centre and its surroundings. We`d like to talk about different forms of empowerment and participation, which take place on a daily basis. Furthermore we`ll focus on explaining our experiences of the centre`s impact on the urban neighbourhood.

Arrangements: 17.00 meet at the water fountain in front of the tram stop named «Dreirosenbrücke» (Tram No. 1, 8 or 14)

Field Visit D: Participation in planning healthy public spaces for people living on the street

Visit guides Michel Steiner and Adriana Ruzek

(See ; only German)

Public spaces in Basel are theoretically 24/7 open for everybody. Nevertheless there are more or less subtle developments focussing on displacing parts of the population, especially street drinkers, drug users, or just generally poor people. These can be political or legal interventions, but also architectural and design issues. In addition to one-to-one work with individuals, the street workers from the association «Schwarzer Peter» see it as their mission to observe, document, publicise and prevent such developments. Also we try to empower clients to participate in useful changes in public space. During the visit we will look at good and bad practices of planning and implementing changes in public space and discuss helpful forms of participation for clients and professionals.

Arrangements: 17.00 meet at tram stop «Wettsteinplatz» (Tram No. 2 or 1)

Field Visit E: Healthy aging and stereotypes of old age in neighbourhood planning and urban development

Visit guides Sandra Janett and Timo Huber


This visit leads to a municipal park called «Schützenmattpark» in Basel, where parts of the area have been planned explicitly for the elderly. These play and activities islands offer opportunities for a joint movement of young and old. Individual motion devices were constructed and a special environment was created. On the basis of the example the question is to be asked, to what extent stereotypes of old age play a role in neighbourhood planning and urban development? The visit is based on first interim results within the framework of a research project «Connecting elderly people to urban life: Towards a better understanding of ageing in place by rethinking stereotypes» from the School for Social Work, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

Arrangements: 17.00 meet at the tram stop named «Schützenhaus» (Tram No. 1 or 8).