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Tue 05.17.2011

Fit City 6: Promoting Physical Activity through Design

AIA CES: 6.0 LU, 6.0 HSW

When: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM TUESDAY, MAY 17

Where: At The Center   

The AIA New York Chapter, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will host the sixth annual public conference to examine how design of the built environment creates opportunities for increasing physical activity and access to healthier food choices. This conference will bring together architects, planners, designers, developers, and public health professionals to address how building design and policy decisions can improve health outcomes in communities, helping to prevent chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and asthma.

Conference participants will hear how the strategies included in the Active Design Guidelines, which was released in January 2010, are being implemented at New York City agencies, in the private sector, and in communities across the world. The focus of this year’s conference is how active design strategies can help address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.

Registration opens at 8:00am, program begins at 8:30am.

Download the Active Design Guidelines at:

Program Schedule:

8:00am-8:30am: Registration
8:30am-8:45am: Welcome
Margaret Castillo, AIA, President, AIA New York Chapter

8:45am-9:15am: Health Keynote
Introduction: Karen Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Director, Built Environment Program, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH, Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Arkansas Surgeon General

9:15am-10:30am: Commissioners’ Panel 1: Active Design in the City
Introduction & Moderator: Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York
Commissioner Adrian Benepe, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Commissioner Amanda Burden, FAICP, NYC City Planning Department
Commissioner David Burney, FAIA, NYC Department of Design + Construction
Deputy Commissioner Andrew Goodman, MD, MPH, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC Department of Transportation

10:30am-10:45am: Break

10:45am-12:00pm: Fit World: Designing Active Communities Across the Globe
Introduction & Moderator: Skye Duncan, Associate Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning
Carlos Santos-Burgoa, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Advisor on Violence, Injury and Human Security, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Louise Cox, LFRAIA, RIBA, Intl. Assoc. AIA, President, International Union of Architects
Rosan Bosch, Managing Director, Rosan Bosch Ltd.

12:00-12:30pm: Design Keynote
Introduction: Joyce Lee, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Active Design Program, NYC Department of Design + Construction
Kai-Uwe Bergmann AIA, RIBA, MAA, LEED AP, Associate Partner, Director Business Development, Bjarke Ingels Group

12:30pm-1:45pm: Fitness Break & Break for lunch

1:45pm-2:45pm: Commissioners’ Panel 2: Active Design in the City
Introduction & Moderator: Suzanne Nienaber, Training Coordinator, NYC Active Design Program
E. Bruce Barrett, RA, LEED AP BC+D, Vice President, Architecture & Engineering, NYC School Construction Authority
Queens Borough Commissioner Ira Gluckman, NYC Department of Buildings
Commissioner Edna Wells Handy, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Laurie Kerr, Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability
Commissioner Matthew P. Sapolin, NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

2:45pm-3:45pm: Private Sector & Community Leadership: Designing Spaces for Active and Healthy Children
Introduction & Moderator: Kate Rube, Active Design National Training Manager
Abraham Jelin, MD, President, New York Chapter 2 of American Academy of Pediatrics
Elena Madison , Assistant Vice President, Project for Public Spaces, Inc.
Charles Renfro, AIA, Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Yvonne Isaac, Vice President of Operations, Full Spectrum of NY, LLC

3:45pm-4:00pm: Closing 


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There will be a series of breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon at FitCity 10. Please select the 2 breakout session topics in which you have the most interest. Your choices do not have to be final but will help organizers in scheduling the day.

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