Our approach to Active Design transforms the built environment through the following four key concepts:
Does the project support a safe and vibrant environment for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders? Sample design considerations might include:
Does the project encourage greater physical movement of users and visitors within the building site? Sample design considerations might include:
Does the project provide access to recreation and play spaces that accommodate different ages, interests, and abilities? Sample design considerations might include:
Does the project offer opportunities for growing or purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables? Does it provide ready access to tap water? Sample design considerations might include:
The Active Design Guidelines offer urban and building design strategy checklists (see Resources Section at right) that serve as a good starting point on understanding Active Design strategies. Communities around the world are finding new and creative ways to tailor the concepts of Active Design to their own project needs. To learn more, visit the Case Studies section of this site and download the Active Design Guidelines.
Cycling even just 15 minutes or 2.5 miles twice a day is enough to burn the equivalent of more than 10 pounds annually.
When using playgrounds that are painted with designs for games and imaginative play, kids engage in moderate to vigorous activity for more than 50% of their recess period.