In July, ULI launched a new initiative focused on the interconnections between health and the built environment. The Building Healthy Places Initiative is leveraging the power of ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.
Last Day for Early-Bird Registration for the Building Healthy Places Conference: Save up to $100
Be sure to register for the Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value conference today (January 31) to receive the early-bird discount! Conference attendees will explore connections between the built environment and health, including strategies for building healthy places and real-world examples of healthy development projects and partnerships. Don’t miss this event, being held February 20-21, 2014, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles.
Call for Papers: American Institute of Architects Health and Design Summit
The American Institute of Architects has issued a call for papers for an industry summit April 23-24, titled “The Value of Design: Design and Health.” Submit abstracts by February 12 on projects that address the intersection of design and health here.
Building Healthy Places Resources
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America Releases New Recommendations. RWJF just released three broad recommendations aimed at improving the health of all Americans. Recommendation 2—Create communities that foster health-promoting behaviors—directly aligns with the Building Healthy Places Initiative at ULI. Anne Warhover— Colorado Health Foundation president and CEO, member of the ULI Building Healthy Places Advisory Group, and RWJF commissioner—participated as a panelist discussing this recommendation during the release event.
- Walkable Urban Places: Good for Business, Good for Health. Findings from two recent reports show that the economic value of neighborhoods is positively correlated with the walkability of those neighborhoods; walkable places have also been shown to be beneficial to public health.
- An Environmental Model for the Next 250 Years: Seattle’s Bullitt Center. The Bullitt Center, which was featured in ULI’s publication Intersections: Health and the Built Environment, is the focus of a recent Urban Land article. The article discusses the building’s healthy components, such as staircases that discourage elevator use, daylighting, and healthy building materials.
- 2014 Hines Competition Focuses on Health. The 2014 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition asks multidisciplinary teams of students to craft a development vision for Nashville, Tennessee’s historic Sulphur Dell neighborhood. Students are being challenged to incorporate elements that encourage healthy living into their proposals.
- Building Healthy Places: ULI Reaches Out and Builds Awareness. In recent months, ULI Senior Resident Fellow Ed McMahon has spoken to several organizations on behalf of the Building Healthy Places Initiative.
- Research Roundup: The Impact of Bicycle Infrastructure Investment on Retail Sales and Job Creation. This Research Roundup looks at research exploring links between bicycle infrastructure and economic return. Most studies show that investment in bicycle infrastructure has positive impacts on retail sales and job creation.
- Building Healthy Places at the Fall Meeting. Read session summaries and Urban Land articles featuring Building Healthy Places events at the 2013 Fall Meeting in Chicago.