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ARCHITECTURE + PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: ENCOURAGING MOVEMENT IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

by LOLLI, ALYSON C.

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Currently 66.5% of Americans are overweight and not physically active enough to derive measurable health benefits from exercise. Experts’ research advocates moderate physical activity as one of the best means for long-term health. However, architects have not expanded their design beyond providing walking and bicycling paths. The goal of this thesis is to design a built environment which encourages physical activity through daily work and leisure actions that are more amiable than the alternative: motorized vehicle. This design solution encompasses the conceptual development of the ideal “Physically Active City” and the Desert Spa. The city is a futuristic look at how space is designed around moderate physical activity. The Desert Spa focuses on the promotion/education of physical activity, and is a representation of how the design principles proposed can facilitate physical activity in architecture. Architecture has a responsibility to design for the future by changing archaic paradigms of the past.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:physical activity ideal city desert architecture

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Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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