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Mon 05.19.2014

FitCity 9: Promoting Physical Activity Through Design (Day One)

AIA CES: 7.0 LU | 7.0 HSW

When: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM MONDAY, MAY 19

Where: Offsite Public Program   

The New School, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

The AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is holding the FitCity 9 conference at The New School University Center on Monday, May 19, 2014, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 

Speakers and participants will examine how design of the built environment can create opportunities for increasing physical activity and access to healthier food and beverages and help to improve health equity across neighborhoods. The program brings together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, public health professionals, and community residents and leaders to discuss how design, policy, and practice decisions can address the key health epidemics of our time: obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and asthma.

Conference participants will also hear how the strategies included in the Active Design Guidelines are being implemented by multiple government and non-government organizations in communities throughout NYC and across the country.

This year’s event will explore the alignment of health-promoting design with the priorities of the new administration, including the creation of affordable housing that promotes resident and community well-being and the safe and equitable access to active transportation and transit with Vision Zero’s street safety goals.

Sign up here for an exclusive tour of the recently completed University Center led by Lia Gartner, FAIA, VP of Design and Construction, The New School. Space is limited to 25 guests.

Registration opens at 8:30 am; program begins at 8:45 am.

Please join us for a second day of workshops and conversations at the Center for Architecture on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Program Schedule:

8:30 am: Registration

8:45-9:00 am
Welcome and Introductions

Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons The New School for Design
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President, AIA New York Chapter

9:00-9:45 am
Health Keynote

Introduction: Elizabeth J. Garland, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Departments of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and President, PolicyLink

9:45-11:00 am
Active Design in a Progressive City: Commissioners Panel
Moderator: Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York Chapter
Mary Bassett, Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Donna Corrado, Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging
Robert Garafola, Deputy Commissioner for Management, Budget and Public Programs, NYC Departments of Parks and Recreation
Jon Orcutt, Policy Director, NYC Department of Transportation
Dr. Feniosky A. Peña-Mora, Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction

11:00 am

11:15-12:45 pm
Active and Affordable: Stepping Up Housing in New York City

Moderator: Sarah Wolf, MPH, RD, Active Design Manager, Active Living Program, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Colleen Flynn, Director, Green and Healthy Neighborhoods, LISC New York City
Elyzabeth Gaumer, Director of Research, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
Jack Robbins, AIA
, LEED AP, Senior Associate, FXFOWLE Architects
Katie Swenson, Vice President, National Design Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

12:45-2:15 pm
Lunch Break

Exclusive tour of The New School University Center: Lia Gartner, FAIA, VP of Design and Construction, The New School

2:15-3:45 pm
Safe Streets and Equitable Transportation Access Get People Moving

Moderator: Wendy Feuer, Assistant Commissioner of Design, Art & Wayfinding, NYC Department of Transportation
Edie Zusman, MD, FACS, Director, Adult Neurosurgery, Sutter Neuroscience Institute
Michael King, RA, Principal, NelsonNygaard
Caroline Samponaro, Senior Director of Campaigns and Organizing, Transportation Alternatives
Cecil D. Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives,WE ACT for Environmental Justice

3:45 pm

4:00-4:45 pm
Design Keynote

Introduction: Joanna Frank, Executive Director, Center for Active Design
Martin Dunn, President, Dunn Development Corp

4:45-5:00 pm
Closing Remarks

David Burney, FAIA, Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for Active Design; Professor, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

Price: Free

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This program is presented as a part of NYCxDESIGN 2014.

Watch the videos of this program here

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