Active Design Miami

Miami-Dade County faces a number of challenges that can benefit from use of Active Design strategies. The region is experiencing many common health concerns, including rising obesity and chronic disease rates, and high rates of depression and other mental health issues. Originally inspired by New York City’s Active Design Guidelines, Active Design Miami tailors evidence-based strategies to unique local needs, elevating connectivity—both physical and social—as an overarching goal for shaping design and development across the region’s 35 jurisdictions.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the collaborative initiative to create Active Design Miami was led by Miami Center for Architecture and Design in conjunction with the local AIA chapter, the Florida Department of Health, and a diverse expert advisory committee. MCAD enlisted the Center for Active Design to provide research and technical support.

Active Design Miami includes:

  • Strategies that address parks, public plazas, open and green spaces, waterways (blueways), and other public spaces.
  • Strategies that focus on land use, community, development, and planning practices.
  • Strategies that address pedestrian, bicycle, automobile, and transit infrastructure and services.
  • Strategies that identify opportunities to enhance health and well-being within, and immediately surrounding, private and public buildings.
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