Idea for Developers: Health and Public Art

As lack of basic exercise has contributed to a decline in American health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trust  and others have funded research and programs to increase healthy living in the cities.  Active Living by Design and Health Impact Project are programs looking at urban design, building design and urban policies that encourage exercise.    Many of Knight Foundation “Cities Challenge” and “Art Challenge” grants results in more activity use of the city.

These ideas match with the desires of new residents and employee to activate downtowns.    Instead of only the gym, the new generation enjoys using the public spaces of the city for walking, biking, jogging, dancing and games.   Below are public art projects that developers might consider to expand physical (and social) activity around the site and building.

Urban Swings:  Boston and Montreal

Montreal Musical Swings
Montreal Musical Swings
Montreal Musical Swings
Montreal Musical Swings
Lawn D, Boston
Lawn D, Boston

Encourage Walking on Stairs

Olafur Eliasson, Germany 2004
Olafur Eliasson, Germany 2004
San Francisco Stairs
San Francisco Stairs
Circulate by Erik Carlson, Nashville
Circulate by Erik Carlson, Nashville
Circulate
Circulate by Erik Carlson, Nashville

 

Watch/Listen to the Video of Piano Stairs in Sweden

Piano Stairs in Sweden
Piano Stairs in Sweden

Encourage Walking/ Jogging with Markers

Walk/Jog markers at Inglewood Forum by Michael Massenburg
Walk/Jog markers at Inglewood Forum by Michael Massenburg
Winged Figure Walk/Job Markers in Tampa by Michele Oka Doner
Winged Figure Walk/Job Markers in Tampa by Michele Oka Doner

Encourage Biking with Cool Looking Bike Racks

Bike Rack
Bike Rack
Bike Rack, Salt Lake City
Bike Rack, Salt Lake City
Bike Rack
Bike Rack
Bike Rack in Berlin
Bike Rack in Berlin

Outdoor Games

Larry Kirkland, Story Garden, Oregon
Larry Kirkland, Story Garden, Oregon
Ping Pong
Ping Pong
Ping Pong by artist Lee Wen
Ping Pong by artist Lee Wen

Places for Organized Activities

 

Basic Training Plaza, San Francisco
Basic Training Plaza, San Francisco
Golf and Dancing
Golf and Dancing

The Integration of New Technologies

Watch the Video of the Roar of the Crowd.

Perform to the Roar of the Crowds, Times Square, by Adam Frank
Perform to the Roar of the Crowds, Times Square, by Adam Frank

You Must do It Once Project

Pathway by RO-AD Architecten in France
Pathway by RO-AD Architecten in France

 

 

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