Fighting Obesity With Design

Last week, five NYC departments released a new publication on "Active Design Guidelines," presenting ways to address public health considerations through the built environment. Urban Omnibus takes a look.

February 7, 2010, 5:00 AM PST

By Tim Halbur


Samir Shah writes, "When reading through the actual text, I was struck by its common sense. The guidelines are organized by scale of design intervention, from urban planning down to architectural details, and can be implemented with the aid of checklists. On the whole, there was nothing very new, nothing very radical. From the perspective of a design professional, they seem almost obvious. These guidelines, however, are meant for a wider audience."

The original publication can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 in Urban Omnibus

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