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Local Leaders Reports
Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design demonstrates the power of architecture to improve public health with policies that promote active living, accessibility, transit options, and better indoor air quality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that chronic diseases are now the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. Development patterns of the past have significantly contributed to America's epidemic obesity and this emerging health crisis. In the coming years community leaders have significant opportunities to implement policies that take advantage of healthier design as a comprehensive, cost-effective solution. This publication is a toolkit for government leaders, design professionals, and other stakeholders working to strengthen their communities.
Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design offers replicable best practices for communities of all sizes. Across the cities profiled, architects are collaborating with a broad range of stakeholder to foster city-wide conversations and make healthier choices easy to make. The case studies showcase policies and initiatives for designing buildings to promote physical activity and reduce respiratory illnesses. They also cover living streets, promoting access to fresh foods, and building livable neighborhoods for all ages with accessible, high-quality housing. What challenges does your own community face? Read Local Leaders to find innovative solutions and make a compelling case for change.
Local Leaders Case Studies
The AIA develops resources for government leaders and community stakeholders who seek to expand green building and foster livable communities. The ultimate goal of the AIA is to help create vibrant communities where green design is integral to all building. Check out recent reports and the select case studies below.