The Intersection of Design and Human Health

We will begin disussion on Monday about our proposed theme for 2016 which is about how architecture and planning can promote human health.

We would like to invite everyone to attend this meeting to look ahead to 2016 and discuss a program that involves a collaboration of AIA Austin Committees.

 Here are quotes from the AIA Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan: 

"There is a rapidly growing understanding of the important role that the built environment plays on human health and wellness. This interest has been spurred, in part, by the growing concern of how to address the rising cost of healthcare, the aging baby boomer population, and climbing obesity rates. A focus on human health also addresses social equity problems that can be improved through planning and design solutions, including the creation of safe and walkable neighborhoods.

"Research efforts are under way to provide better evidence-based support for design decisions to promote public health. Several allied organizations are committing significant resources to this issue, including the U.S. Green Building Council, American Planning Association, and American Society of Landscape Architects, along with new Public Health partners, and all are willing collaborators."

This is not limited to the urban design realm as buildings can be arranged internally to encourage better health. LEED has an innovative credit 'Design for Active Occupants' which gives a starting approach to even the smallest buildings.

According to the 2013 McGraw-Hill World Green Building Trends Report, 55% of firms rate greater health and well-being as the top social reason for building green (tied with encouraging sustainable business practices), up from only 29% in 2008."

Please join us at high noon, Monday at the AIA office.