Workshop at the 2013 Active Living Research Annual Conference.
Active Design is a design practice for building, street and community environments that enhances and promotes opportunities for people to engage in physically active lifestyles. Active Design provides research-based and best-practice strategies that can promote physical activity from recreational and intentional physical activity, and active transportation and movement through building, site and community design. Introduced through the development of the Active Design Guidelines, Active Design has become an emerging design practice for designers, planners and developers interested in creating healthy built environments. The workshop provided an overview of Active Design strategies published in the Active Design Guideline and new resource materials followed by an interactive workshop where participants worked in teams to examine plans for typical residential or workplace building and site designs to analyze and identify challenges that diminish opportunities for occupant physical activity and suggested alternative design configurations based on Active Design strategies that could instead enhance physical activity by building users. This workshop was designed to welcome participants with or without formal design training.