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Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise

Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise | SCUP Links |

Daylighting and ramps are, indeed, good design — respectively, they save building owners money by conserving energy and allow access to people with disabilities. So is centrally locating a generously sized grand staircase that encourages able-bodied people to walk rather than ride an elevator — it could be one of the key weapons in the battle against obesity.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

With regard to active design, SCUP member Jim Kalvelage of Opsis Architecture is quoted: "Some of it we do naturally — it's kind of how we think about stuff. I can think of a lot of great examples of what it means in terms of the interconnection of indoor and outdoor space, or the design of stairs that make you want to go up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. One of the very first recreation centers I worked on was a two-story building on a sloping topography, so it used a ramp to move between floors so that people were actually interacting with the building instead of coming down an elevator."

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Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning: S. Ehmann, S. Borges

Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning

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"Learn for Life is a diverse collection of inspiring architecture and spaces that support progressive and collaborative models of acquiring knowledge. In addition to new interpretations of traditional places for learning including kindergartens, schools, universities, libraries, and educational centers, the book also features commercial buildings whose architectural innovation is redefining our understanding of what it means to develop professionally in offices, corporate headquarters, conference rooms, convention centers, and laboratories. Also included are more experimental projects such as flexible, informal, and temporary installations and exhibits that offer further perspectives on the rapidly evolving topic of how best to learn in the new millennium."

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