HAPI At a Glance

HAPI At a Glance

Who We Are

The HAPI program ran from 2013-2016, investigating the scope and possibilities for creating healthier places in the future, with a specific emphasis on China. The project brought together experts from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (HGSD) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) to create a forum for understanding the multiple issues that face cities in light of rapid urbanization and an aging population worldwide. Through the work of dedicated faculty and researchers, the project developed templates for alternative models of urban development, stressing their impact on health and aging.

The project had three main components: education, research, and next steps. Area 1, focused on education, included courses taken by students in both the design and public health schools, Harvard Extension School courses, and a webinar series. A new joint degree between the Master in Urban Planning and the Master of Public Health started in 2017. Area 2, on research, has components at the building, neighborhood and city scale. Finally, it created a forum for further work on the connections between built environments and public health. The Healthy Places Design Lab is one of the results of the project. Click on the image below to view larger.


Why This Matters

There are many links between health and the built environment, from air quality to food access.  The Health and Places Initiative (HAPI) project helps create and synthesize the evidence base linking landscape, urban design, planning, and health.