Since 2006, the American Institute of Architects New York and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have partnered to produce FitCity, an annual conference that champions the role of design in building strong and sustainable communities. Convening stakeholders across disciplines and sectors, FitCity has served as a platform for exchanging ideas, informing strategies, and advancing place-based practices to promote health through the built environment.
This year, FitCity lands in Queens, New York’s largest and most diverse borough, a fitting backdrop for exploring how designers, policymakers, public health professionals, community advocates, and funders are working hand-in-hand with local residents to reimagine civic assets and foster community engagement.
Through a full day of engaging presentations, dynamic speakers and interactive training, participants will learn how health is impacted by:
- • The role of race and place in driving health disparities
- • Designing and activating civic assets that promote social cohesion and attract diverse users and uses
- • Arts-based practices that empower citizens to shape the physical design of their communities
• Evidence-based design strategies that support mental and physical health outcomes, based on NYC Department of Design and Construction’s recently-released Design Excellence Guiding Principles for Healthy Living