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
Encourage Walking on Stairs
Watch/Listen to the Video of Piano Stairs in Sweden
Encourage Walking/ Jogging with Markers
Encourage Biking with Cool Looking Bike Racks
Places for Organized Activities
The Integration of New Technologies
Watch the Video of the Roar of the Crowd.
You Must do It Once Project