Promoting physical activity through design

Below are a few more wonderful spreads from Architect magazine that highlight the growing problem in the U.S. of obesity. The article also introduces ways that good health can be encouraged through smart design.

So how do architects promote physical activity and health through design?

As with so many good design ideas, the simplest solutions are often the best. Buildings are now being designed with wide, open stairways close to building entrances, and conversely elevators are positioned far away from the entrance. This makes the choice of walking the stairs or riding the elevator one of convenience.

It’s great that Baltimore are creating cycle lanes around the city, but in many places these are just lanes that are cohabited by other vehicles without sufficient clearance from cars and buses.

This is certainly better than nothing, but until cycle paths are created intentionally, not as an afterthought, it’s unlikely to make much of a difference.

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