Shaping healthy and engaged communities

Thoughtful design that prioritizes health and civic engagement has the power to unlock the untapped potential of a community. Design has a direct and measurable impact on behavior—research shows that people are more likely to walk, socialize, and make better food choices when they have access to the sidewalks, parks, gathering spaces, and grocery stores that support these healthy behaviors.

With this in mind, the Center for Active Design (CfAD) serves as a resource for municipal staff, community stakeholders and real estate developers for creating healthy and engaged communities. CfAD has extensive expertise in applying a multi-disciplinary approach to translate scholarly health research into practical design solutions that respond to unique community priorities and result in measurable outcomes. CfAD’s neighborhood-scale initiatives offer a replicable model for communities, providing a leading resource for public and private partners seeking to elevate quality of life.

CfAD collaborates with local partners to explore and set local priorities, identify targeted strategies to promote holistic health, test concepts, and explore avenues for implementation. By harnessing evidence-based design tactics, CfAD is able to help communities envision public spaces and programs that foster a sense of wellbeing and belonging.

Contact us here for more information about our neighborhood-scale services.

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