Issues & AdvocacyClinton Global Initiative
Growing urbanization worldwide presents critical needs and opportunities for creative solutions - and this is where architects can make important contributions though design thinking. This AIA initiative seeks to effect meaningful change through research, community participation, design frameworks, and active implementation of innovative solutions.
This is an epochal moment for understanding and addressing the health consequences of our cities and to put knowledge, measurement, and innovation to work creating environments that support human and environmental health. Combining purpose, research, creativity and action, this collaboration between AIA + MIT is poised for important outcomes.
Walkable Communities: Impacts on Residents' Physical and Social Health, first published by the International Academy for Design & Health in the July 2013 issue of World Health Design, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 68-75.
Decade of Design: The Global Urban Solutions Challenge is a ten year pledge that will document, envision, and implement solutions related to the design of the urban built environment in the interest of public health and effective use of natural, economic, and human resources.Learn more
AIA + MIT Health and Urbanism
The AIA is partnering with MIT's Center for Advanced Urbanism to advance the effort on health and urbanism. This project uses cities as a laboratory for research, analysis, speculation, invention, and ultimately the development of sustainable models of urbanism centered on health metrics.Learn more (PDF)
AIA + ACSA Research Grants
The AIA has partnered with ACSA to fund research that advances health, sustainability, and resiliency. The grants document the positive impacts of design interventions and proposed solutions that can be readily implemented. The first three awards are focused on design and health.Learn more