Planning and Design Guidelines and Prototypes for Healthier Places
Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Presenters: Dr. Ann Forsyth, Professor; Leire Asensio-Villoria, Lecturer, Design Coordinator; David Mah, Lecturer, Design Coordinator; Laura Smead, Research Associate, all of the Harvard Graduate School of Design
Description: Members of HAPI's Harvard Graduate School of Design team presented evidence-based guidelines for healthier places. It introduced conceptual proposals operating at multiple scales: urban and local residential development as well as at the scale of specific buildings and typologies. The guidelines are based on a synthesis of existing research on the multiple dimensions connecting health and place, focusing on effective strategies most relevant to urban planners and the built environment. Topics include accessibility to health services, air quality, water quality, opportunities for physical activity, universal design, access to community resources, the connections between green space and mental health, healthy food access, noise, health effects of disasters, and safety.
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