The design of a city’s built environment is directly linked to its health outcomes – it’s social, physical, and economic health. AIA, as the nations leading design organization, has prioritized health as one of its primary initiatives, seeking local partnerships to transform cities into places that are healthy, socially rich, and economically resilient.
This topic is crucial for Jacksonville.
As it corresponds to healthy outcomes, Jacksonville is currently near the bottom by nearly every measure of it’s built environment. With a few noteworthy exceptions Jacksonville fails to provide walkable, bicycle-friendly places with usable public parks, effective public transit, and fair access to fresh food. Local architects, planners, landscape architects, and affiliated design professionals are the most responsible for the design of their community and we should find these facts disturbing, as it will be a heavier anchor on Jacksonville’s economy, compromise our ability to compete to attract and retain talent, and diminish the city’s quality of life unless a transformative change is begun.
AIA Jacksonville is fortunate to have Brooks Rainwater from AIA National visiting and partnering with Dawn Emerick of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida. Brooks leads the national Healthy Community by Design initiative and is here in support of the Hale and Hearty 7k race in Riverside – celebrating Riverside/Avondale and the characteristics that make it a healthy neighborhood. Together they provide an opportunity for AIA to lead the design professions and to provide an intelligent voice in the community on this important issue.
Thanks to Ervin Lovett Miller for their generous sponsorship of this important event.
Come join Brooks Rainwater of AIA National and Dr. Dawn Emerick, CEO of The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, as they present on Healthier Communities Through Design (www.aia.org/localleaders) and AIA's Decade of Design Commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative that AIA National is working on in collaboration with MIT (www.aia.org/advocacy/clintonglobalinitiative). AIA Jacksonville is poised to be a leader in these iniatives and you don't want to miss out on these exciting times which will have a huge impact on the design community.
Brooks arrival coinsides with his coming down for the Hale and Hearty Event in Riverside over the weekend of June 1.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 2013