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Active Design Guidelines released

The City of New York has just released a new publication and policy initiative called Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design.  The guidelines, which have been developed through an interagency effort in collaboration with professional and academic institutions, make simple and accessible recommendations about how design of built features in the City can and should address public health concerns related to obesity and physical activity.  Commissioned, essentially, by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the guidelines are to provide a public health overlay on the sustainability and livability initiatives already being implemented by the Departments of Parks & Recreation, Transportation, City Planning and Design, Development and Construction.  Recommendations are organized in checklists and by scale of design intervention, from large-scale planning down to architectural details.  Urban Omnibus offers a positive appraisal:

The recommendations are not just good for the environment or good design moves. They create a city whose infrastructure is designed to keep us fit, active, and healthy. They address pressing social problems through fairly innocuous and inoffensive measures that are understandable by everyone and can be implemented at all scales.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | FKP | , , , , | Leave a comment

Figment casts open call for artists

Figment, the participatory public arts project on Governor’s Island, is preparing for its fourth annual summer event and has released its call for art and architecture proposals.  There are three open competitions:

  1. Design an individual hole to compose part of an 18-hole mini-golf course. This year’s theme is World’s Fair.  This was a very popular installation last year.  Proposals are due by March 1.
  2. Proposals for artworks works to be featured in the City of Dreams Sculpture Garden.  16 works were featured last year.  Proposals are due by March 1.
  3. Design and construct an architectural pavilion for the 2010 summer season which will serve as a gathering and performance space as well as a venue for learning about arts programs on the Island.  Registration deadline for this one is February 16th.

(via Governor’s Island Blog)

February 11, 2010 Posted by | FKP | , , , , , | Leave a comment