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Designing Buildings That Battle Obesity

by Alissa Walker

October 11, 2010

Designed by Luke Hayman and Shigeto Akiyama of the New York firm Pentagram, the handbook is a spiral-bound binder that's easy to read at your desk or take into the field. The book is divided into two sections, urban design and building design, and also offers commentary on LEED and New York's impressive sustainability plan, plaNYC. Large photos of enticing spaces and urban environments include lots of open space, bike parking, and gardens—all located within New York city limits. The book is available for purchase as a hard copy but perhaps best of all, it can also be downloaded for free as a PDF.

It's incredible to see how decisions designers make within a space—even little things, like the placement of stairs—can make a huge difference to the well-being of the people who use it. Active Design Guidelines helps make these invisible benefits visible, and anyone who reads this will begin to notice where improvements can be made to the city all around you.

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