Active Design

What is active design?

Active Design is a set of building and planning principles that promote physical activity. Active design in a building, landscape or city design integrates physical activity into the occupants' everyday routines, such as walking to the store or taking children to school.

Active design involves urban planners, architects, transportation engineers, public health professionals, community leaders and other professionals in building places that encourage physical activity as an integral part of life.

While not an inherent part of active design, most designers employing "active design" are also concerned with the productive life of their buildings and their building's ecological footprint.

Connecting and sharing learning

Results from Michael Chang's mentimeter poll at the Active Design Conference 2020

Previous events

On the 16 January 2020 we hosted a conference to raise awareness of how design in the planning process can achieve the best outcomes for health and physical activity in communities.