Active Design: Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking?

In fact, encouraging kids and adults to sit less is an integral part of active design — a healthful trend that is catching on nationwide, according to expert Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, LEED AP, global interior design leader for Perkins + Will New York.

Ms. Blumenfeld will headline an April 29 IIDA panel discussion on the subject in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. (Please join us — details below.)

As you may know, “active design” is the way architects create spaces that encourage healthy lifestyles and combat such ills as obesity. Typical strategies to increase daily physical activity include: placement of stairs in more visible places; moving equipment away from desks to encourage walking; developing outdoor areas for fresh air; and more.

Perkins + Will New York has been pioneering these strategies for decades. The firm was a lead author for “Active Design Guidelines” with the City of New York in 2006. Other cities are now jumping on board, with guidelines coming out in Philadelphia, Nashville, and Tucson, among others.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Monday, April 29, 2013
    6:30 PM

  • Where: 

    Metropolitan Pavilion
    125 West 18th St
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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