Reflections on active urban design

The Dirt runs a great interview with Joyce Lee, Director of the Active Design Program at the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC).  DDC’s Active Design Guidelines, released last year, is a manual produced for architects and urban designers with the aim of designing buildings, streets and urban spaces that best promote health and activity.  The interview touches on how urban design impacts obesity and diabetes among New Yorkers, the connection between active design and sustainability and the cross-applicability of the guidelines to other towns and cities (Lee says smaller municipalities can advance policies faster), among other topics.

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