Key groups launch research consortium for design, public health collaboration

September 30, 2014

Request for proposals due Oct. 15 for university-led research  The AIA Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), recently announced the establishment of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium to help fund basic research into the growing influence design has on public health. The consortium will […]

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SGA to host webinar on new report about sprawl and its impact on development in the United States

March 25, 2014

In 2001, Smart Growth America (SGA) released the landmark study Measuring Sprawl and its Impact. Next week, SGA is releasing the next edition of this flagship report with new information about the state of development in the United States. To mark the launch of this new report, Measuring Sprawl 2014, SGA and the Metropolitan Research […]

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New infographic explores how changing communities gets people moving

February 25, 2014

Communities across the nation are doing more to ensure that streets, sidewalks, schools, and parks support walking, biking, and playing. A new infographic from Active Living Research (ALR) highlights several studies that evaluated changes in physical activity after the implementation of built environment and programmatic modifications in different cities. For example, children are more likely […]

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Leveraging the power of design and design thinking for public health

October 10, 2013

By Matthew Trowbridge It is increasingly clear that solutions for our most pressing and challenging public health issues will ultimately hinge on designing environments that encourage healthy behavior choices by making them more available, economical, and enjoyable. Traditional public health approaches are not perfectly suited to this task. For example, epidemiological studies allow us to […]

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Call for presentations

June 17, 2013

The July 1 proposal deadline is fast approaching for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2014 Convention, occurring July 26-28, 2014, in Chicago. Submit your proposal today! Recognizing and communicating the impact design can have on public health is a primary interest of the Institute and intended to be a focus area at the 2014 […]

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Fighting childhood obesity one school cafeteria at a time

May 17, 2013

By Lisa Stark In the fight against childhood obesity, the weapons have been many. Schools have tried exercise and education, and the government has mandated healthier school lunches. Now a school district in Virginia is believed to be the first in the country to try something radical —redesigning the school building, itself. “It’s not completely […]

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