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Mon 06.24.2013

FitCity 8: Promoting Physical Activity Through Design

AIA CES: 7 LUs | 7 HSW

When: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MONDAY, JUNE 24

Where: At The Center   

AIA New York, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is holding the eighth-annual FitCity 8 conference at the Center for Architecture on Monday, June 24, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (and via a livestream available here).

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. The program brings together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, and public health professionals 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, released in January 2010, are being implemented at New York City agencies, in the private sector, and in communities across the world.

Registration opens at 8:00 AM; the program begins at 8:30 AM.

Download the Active Design Guidelines:

Program Schedule

8:00am-8:30am: Registration

Welcome and Introductions
Hon. Linda I. Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 President, AIA New York
Susan Kansagra, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Acting Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Health Keynote
Introduction: Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Built Environment and Healthy Housing Senior Advisor, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Alex Ross, Director, World Health Organization Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan

Growing Active Design - Commissioners Panel
Moderator: Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York Chapter
Commissioner Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Commissioner David Burney, FAIA, NYC Department of Design + Construction
Commissioner Amanda Burden, FAICP, NYC Department of City Planning
Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC Department of Transportation
Commissioner Veronica White, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Commissioner Victor Calise, NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Physical Activity Break
Sarah Wolf, MPH, RD, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Break for lunch

Active Design and Community Well-Being
Moderator: Sean I. Robin, MCP, Built Environment and Healthy Housing Director, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Built Environment and Healthy Housing Senior Advisor, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
David Shuffler, Executive Director, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
Tracey Capers, Executive Vice President, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Elizabeth J. Garland, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Departments of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, Interior Design Director, Perkins+Will

Active Design and Private Sector Well-Being
Moderator: Joanna Frank, Active Design Director, NYC Department of Design + Construction
William Roschen, FAIA, President, Los Angeles City Planning Commission
Les Bluestone, President, Blue Sea Development Co.
Donna Walcavage, FASLA, LEED AP, Principal, Stantec
Sue Schmidt, Senior Principal, Well-Being Design Healthways, Inc.

Active Design Breakout Group Exercise
Robyne Kassen, Assoc. AIA, and Sarah Gluck, Urban Movement Design

Design Keynote
Introduction: Skye Duncan, MsAUD, Senior Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning
Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, Principal, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Closing Remarks
Commissioner David Burney, FAIA, NYC Department of Design + Construction


On June 25, 2013 at 9:30 am, Blue Sea Development is offering a tour of Arbor House located at 770 E. 166 St in the South Bronx, a 15-20 minute walk from Prospect Ave station on the #2 or 5 subway lines, if enough people sign up. Arbor House used the Active Design Guidelines to obtain a LEED Innovation Credit for Physical Activity and features a rooftop hydroponic farm. If you are interested, please arrive early and sign up upon arrival at the registration desk at Fit City 8 on June 24 as space is limited.

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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.

4. What is your primary reason for attending FitCity 10?

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