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Your Fat

Health, January 2015
Creative director: Lan Yin Bachelis
Art director: Susanne Bamberger
Photographer: Yasu+Junko


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.

Obesity: an inspiration for information graphics and more

These spreads—from Architect magazine—are a surprise, a visual delight, and a plea for help.

The inspiration for these striking graphics is the nation’s obesity problem. Framed with the bare facts: The U.S. is number one when it comes to being overweight, the article is a plea to all architects to consider ways to encourage exercise such as cycling tracks and good old-fashioned walking.

The article refereces a study, jointly pubished by New York City and the American Institute of Architects NY entitled Active Design Guidelines that has proven to be a spark for national conversation about how design has the potential to improve public health.

According to the guidelines, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet are second only to tobacco as the main causes of premature death in the United States.

So next time you want to chat with a colleague at work, consider walking to their cube, and if there’s a flight of stairs, taking them will  burn a few extra calories.

Big Mac anyone?