Podcast: Active Design for a Just and Equitable City


Hunter's Point Campus. Photo © David Sundberg / Esto Photography.

Communities around the world recognize New York City's track record of high profile Active Design projects that spark neighborhood transformation and support healthy behaviors—from the High Line, to Brooklyn Bridge Park, to a pedestrianized Times Square. While these celebrated initiatives are certainly laudable, new conversations are emerging about how Active Design can be leveraged to address social equity—particularly in neighborhoods that grapple with the greatest health and economic disparities.

On June 23, 2015, the Center hosted a panel discussion and networking session to ask the question: "How can Active Design build a more equitable city?". A range of professionals from health, design, development, government, and community advocacy shared their interpretations and perspectives, including:

  • Nilda Mesa, Director of the Mayor's Office of Sustainability
  • Suzanne Nienaber, Partnerships Director at the Center for Active Design
  • Eric Boorstyn, Associate Commissioner at the NYC Department of Design and Construction
  • Nupur Chaudhury, Senior Project Manager at Rebuild by Design
  • Jon Denham, Co-President at Denham Wolf


Click here to download an audio podcast of the discussion. Presentation slides are available for download at the right.