Shifting Focus to Healthy Communities



During a session at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston, the three presidents of the major design organizations — American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and American Planning Association (APA) — made a united call for greater collaboration on designing healthy communities. Working from the understanding that design can encourage active lifestyles and contribute to community health and quality of life, they also spoke of a need for design professionals to become leaders in the push for healthier, and therefore more sustainable communities.

Mickey Jacob, president of the AIA, called our time the “collaboration age,” stating it’s critical that all landscape architects, architects, and planners to adapt to change by working together with an eye on advocacy.

Jacob reminded all design professionals that every time they speak about design, whether with a client or at the neighborhood little league game, they are engaging in advocacy and…

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