In July 2013, we published a list of ULI articles, books, and reports that address the intersection of health and the built environment. This post provides a listing of resources from other authors and organizations, as well as other initiatives that are looking at ways to create healthy places.
Publications are listed under topic in chronological order. We will be updating this listing as we uncover more information, but please let us know in the comments if there are any great resources that we should add.
For more resources, see our other post, A Bibliography of ULI Resources about Building Healthy Places.
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General | Active Transportation and Transit | Land Use and Community Design | Parks, Green Space, and Recreation | Building Design | Housing | Access to Healthy Food | Designing for Vulnerable Populations | Other Health and Built Environment Initiatives
- Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse – resource and news on community design and health.
- Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities. Recommendations From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. Published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in January 2014.
- City Health Check: How design can save lives and money by Rebecca Roberts-Hughes. Published by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2013.
- Designed to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda by American College of Sports Medicine, Nike, Inc., and the international Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. Published by Nike, Inc. in 2013.
- Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality (2nd Edition), by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Published in June 2013.
- Designing Healthy Communities by Richard J. Jackson. Published by Jossey-Bass in 2012.
- Local Leaders: Healthier Communities through Design, by the American Institute of Architects. Published in December 2012.
- Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability, edited by Andrew L. Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin, and Richard J. Jackson. Published by Island Press in 2011.
- Understanding the Relationship between Public Health and the Built Environment, by Reid Ewing, Lawrence Frank, and Richard Kreutzer. Prepared for the U.S. Green Building Council, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council in May 2006.
- The Built Environment and Health: 11 Profiles of Neighborhood Transformation, by The Prevention Institute. Published in July 2004.
- Urban Sprawl and Public Health: Designing, Planning, and Building for Healthy Communities, by Howard Frumkin, Lawrence Frank, and Richard Jackson. Published by Island Press in 2004.
Active Transportation and Transit
- Business Performance in Walkable Shopping Areas by Gary Hack. Published by Active Living Research, a National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in November 2013.
- Safe Routes to School Online Guide, by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. Updated in June 2013.
- Complete Streets, Complete Networks: A Manual for the Design of Active Transportation, by the Active Transportation Alliance. Published in 2012.
- Creating Walkable + Bikeable Communities: A user guide to developing pedestrian and bicycle master plans, by the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation. Published in July 2012.
- Urban Bikeway Design Guide, by the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Published by Island Press in 2012.
- Bicycle Friendly Communities: Lessons from Los Angeles CountyLos Angeles County Department of Public Health. Published in April 2011.
- Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design, by the New York City Departments of Design and Construction, Health and Mental Hygiene, Transportation, City Planning, and Office of Management and Budget. Published in 2010.
- At the Intersection of Public Health and Transportation: Promoting Healthy Transportation Policy, by the American Public Health Association. Published in 2009.
Land Use and Community Design
- Healthy Community Design Checklist Toolkit developed by the American Planning Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in December 2013.
- Healthy Planning: An evaluation of comprehensive and sustainability plans addressing public health, by the American Planning Association. Published in 2012.
- Creating Healthier Suburbs: Tools for Transforming Sprawl into Livable Communities, by ChangeLab Solutions. Published in 2012.
- Steps to a Walkable Community, by Sam Schwartz Engineering and America Walks. Published in 2012.
- Healthier Communities through Redevelopment, by ChangeLab Solutions. Published in 2011.
- School Siting Guidelines, by the Environmental Protection Agency. Published in October 2011.
- Street Design Manual, by the New York City Department of Transportation. Published in 2009.
Parks, Green Space, and Recreation
- From Fitness Zones to the Medical Mile: How Urban Park Systems Can Best Promote Health and Wellness, by The Trust for Public Land. Published in 2011.
- The Economic Benefits of Open Space, Recreation Facilities and Walkable Community Design, by Active Living Research. Published in May 2010.
- How Cities Use Parks for Economic Development, by the American Planning Association. Published in 2009.
- How Cities Use Parks to Improve Public Health, by the American Planning Association. Published in 2009.
- Measuring the Economic Value of a City Park System, by The Trust of Public Land. Published in 2009.
- “Construction that Focuses on Health of Residents,” by Joe Gose. Published in the New York Times on March 5, 2013.
- Healthy Housing Reference Manual, by the US Department of Human Health and Services and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Published in 2012.
- “Here’s To Your Health! Design teams are capitalizing on evidence that links the built environment and wellness to make better places for living, healing, and working,” by Katharine Logan. Published in GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design in July 2012.
- Housing and Health: New Opportunities for Dialogue and Action, by National Center for Healthy Housing. Published in 2012.
- Health Care Facilities, by Robert F. Carr. Published in Whole Building Design Guide on December 30, 2010.
- “3 Strategies for Effective Common Spaces in Affordable (and Market Rate) Multifamily” by Amit Price Patel. Published in Multi-Housing News, September 1, 2015.
- “Zoning to Improve Health and Promote Equity” by Elizabeth Whitton. Published in Zoning Practice by the American Planning Association, March 2015.
- National Healthy Homes Conference – Presentations from 2014 Conference.
Access to Healthy Food
- Healthy Food Within Reach: Helping Bay Area Residents Find, Afford and Choose Healthy Food by SPUR. Published by SPUR in 2015.
Designing for Vulnerable Populations
- Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boom Generation, by Transportation for America. Published in 2011.
- Why Place and Race Matter, by PolicyLink. Published in 2011.
- “Designing and building healthy places for children,” by Arthur M. Wendel, Andrew L. Dannenberg, and Howard Frumkin. Published in the International Journal of Environment and Health Volume 2, 2008.
Other Health and Built Environment Initiatives
- Academy of Architecture for Health – American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Active Living Research – Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Build Healthy Places – Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
- Building Health Initiative – US Green Building Council of Northern California
- Center for Health Equity and Place – PolicyLink
- Community Health and Planning Research Center – American Planning Association (APA)
- Delos Well Building Standard
- Design for Health
- Designing and Building Healthy Places – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Healthy Communities & Healthy People – American Public Health Association (APHA)
- Livable Communities – AARP