Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Urban Land Institute's new Building Healthy Places Toolkit

From email:

This week, the Urban Land Institute officially released the Building Healthy Places Toolkit report.

Recognizing the value of creating healthier communities, the Urban Land Institute developed the Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment.

The report shows that the built environment (including buildings, streets, and neighborhoods) has a profound impact on health outcomes. Professionals who influence the built environment can play a significant role in creating healthier communities.

This resource outlines 21 practical, evidence-based recommendations that the development community can use to promote health at the building or project scale. Toolkit recommendations are organized according to three main categories: physical activity, healthy food and drinking water, and healthy environments and social well-being.

Recommendations are accompanied by evidence-based strategies, suggested best practices, project photos, case studies, quotes by developers and others putting these ideas into practice, and project schematic diagrams that
illustrate actionable implementation opportunities at a variety of project typologies and scales.

The report also includes a summary of certification systems that include elements that relate to human health.

This poster from the project summarizes the recommendations from the report.

In general, the publications from the Urban Land Institute are superb and are an incredible resource for people involved in neighborhood, commercial district, and urban revitalization.

When I started getting involved in this field as a neighborhood advocate, working towards the revival of H Street NE, the ULI report Ten Principles for Rebuilding Neighborhood Retail was at the time, revelatory.

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