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New Work: NYC Department of Design and Construction

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The City of New York works to contribute to the development of a healthier metropolis by providing new public spaces, making improvements for pedestrians and bicycles, and promoting healthier buildings. The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), responsible for civic projects including libraries, firehouses and senior centers, is a leader and advocate for a healthier city by design.

The DDC recently created a book to share the theory and strategy behind large civic achievements with architects, designers and planners for implementation on all manner of projects regardless of scale. Designed by Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and Shigeto Akiyama, Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design addresses the 21st-century health concerns of obesity and related chronic diseases and provides resources for the design community.


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Through illustrated case studies, the guide highlights synergies between public health and a healthy planet as many of the active design principles also contribute to LEED certification.

The publication can be downloaded as a PDF of the guidelines or purchased as a hard copy. The 136 page book, ring bound and printed on recycled paper, includes a worksheet with a checklist to identify and outline project goals.

Numerous buildings employing active design principles will be open to the public to tour during this weekend’s 8th annual Open House New York, October 9-10, 2010.

Active Design Guidelines was produced in close collaboration with the New York City departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Transportation, City Planning, and Office of Management and Budget; book editor Irene Cheng; and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.

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Project Team: Luke Hayman, partner-in-charge and designer; Shigeto Akiyama, designer.