Archinect - News 2015-10-07T00:18:03-04:00 Architects Issue Report Documenting the Connection Between Design and Public Health, Press Releases Archinect 2012-12-11T12:33:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:03:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued a report: Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design that provides a roadmap for towns and cities looking to help their populations stay healthy by employing design techniques that encourage residents to increase their physical activity.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The report, which was released today at Governing Magazine&rsquo;s &ldquo;Summit on Healthy Living,&rdquo; demonstrates how active lifestyles aided by positive design choices lead to a healthier population. Individuals who live in livable, mixed use communities, with options for transit - weigh less, are more physically active, and experience less chronic disease.</p> <p> &ldquo;Architects play a key role in designing healthy environments,&rdquo; said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. &ldquo;This report shows the benefits our profession can bring to establishing a built environment that encourages exercise and discourages a sedentary lifestyle.&rdquo;</p> <p> Key barometers of health suggest America is heading in the wrong direction, namely toward physical inactivity, obesity, and chronic disease. Studies, highlighted in the report, demonstrate that the median improvement in some aspect of physical activity for livable urban communities can be over 160 percent. Studies also show that a community designed for exercise can prevent 90 percent o...</p> Active design - using architecture to help reduce obesity Archinect 2012-11-01T18:30:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T19:40:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"If exercise and everyday activity is the mantra, how do you, through design, get people to exercise? ... There is a direct relation between the built environment and people's lifestyles." History has proved it. Architecture played a major role in defeating infectious diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis in the 19th and 20th centuries by designing better buildings, streets, clean-water systems and parks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>