11/5/2015 | Posted at 6:30 pm

GGLO Demonstrates the Importance of Active Design

We are excited to announce that GGLO and the Center for Active Design will be presenting at two national conferences this November, speaking on the importance of Active Design and its role in creating healthier neighborhoods and communities.

The first presentation will take place at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago, Nov. 6-9th. ASLA’s Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest landscape architecture trade show in the world, and regularly draws more than 5,000 attendees and nearly 450 exhibitors each year.

GGLO’s Marieke Lacasse and the Center for Active Design’s Suzanne Nienaber will present:


Get Active: Implement Active Design in Your Neighborhoods and Open Spaces
Friday, Nov. 6th | 8:30 am – 10:00 am | Room: E450A, Level 4

The presentation dives into four case studies focused on planning and open spaces, that demonstrate effective Active Design strategy implementations. Participants will be encouraged to identify new ways to integrate the concepts of Active Design into projects, programs and policies at their own organizations.


Bridges_ThumbGGLO and the Center for Active Design will also be presenting at the Greenbuild Conference in late November. Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Alicia Daniels Uhlig, GGLO’s Director of Sustainability, will join Marieke and Suzanne on this presentation which will incorporate and highlight the LEED Pilot Credit ‘Design for Active Occupants’ for building projects. This LEED Pilot Credit was awarded to the recently certified Bridges@11th, a LEED Silver project.

Get Active – Implementing Active Design in Our Neighborhoods
Thursday, Nov. 19th | 3 pm – 4 pm | Room: 206




Picture1What is Active Design?

Active Design is an evidenced-based approach to the development of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods that uses architecture and urban design to make physical activity and healthy foods more accessible and inviting.

Active Design Guidelines utilize a multi-disciplinary perspective to translate health research into design solutions. The resulting designs amplify the built environment’s role in the wellbeing of our communities.

Chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers are the some of the greatest health epidemics of our time. Physical inactivity is one of the key risk factors for chronic disease. These presentations will address specific implementation approaches for creating more sustainable neighborhoods using Active Design.

Key Concepts of Active Design:

The following Active Design concepts support the development of sustainable, healthy communities via a multi-disciplinary approach:

  • Active Transportation: Supports a safe and vibrant environment for pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders.
  • Active Recreation: Shapes play and activity spaces for people of different ages, interests, and abilities.
  • Active Buildings: Encourages greater physical movement within a building site for users and visitors
  • Food Access: Improves access to nutritious foods in communities that need it the most.

To learn more about designing healthy, active communities, see our Perspectives page.