The AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has held eleven annual FitCity conferences.

Speakers and participants examine how design of the built environment can create opportunities for increasing physical activity and access to healthier food and beverages and help to improve health equity across neighborhoods. The conference brings together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, public health professionals, and community residents and leaders to discuss how design, policy, and practice decisions can address the key health epidemics of our time: obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and asthma.

Conference participants also hear how the strategies included in the Active Design Guidelines are implemented by multiple government and non-government organizations in communities throughout NYC and across the country.

  • FitCity 2017 Opening Keynote and Morning Panel - 06.06.2017   
    Opening Keynote – Agency as Activist: Race to Justice
    •Dr. Mary T. Bassett, MD MPH, Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

    Morning Panel – Civic Life Matters: Exploring Community Anchors in Queens
    •Nupur Chaudhury, MUP, MPH, Program Officer, New York State Health Foundation (Moderator)
    •Thomas Balsley, FASLA, Principal, SWA/Balsley
    •Deborah Marton, Executive Director, New York Restoration Project
    •Kim McNeil-Capers, Director of Community Engagement, Queens Library
    •Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Events, Queens Museum
  • FitCity 2017 Evening Panel and Closing Keynote - 06.06.2017   
    Community-Driven Art: Empowering Citizens to Shape their Spaces
    •Tamara Greenfield, Director, Building Health Communities, NYC Office of the Mayor (Moderator)
    • Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
    •Beatriz Gil, Co-Founder, Hibridos Collective
    •Aaron Schraeter, Creative Outreach Coordinator, New York City Housing Authority
    •Vanessa Smith, Project Manager, Mural Arts Project, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

    Closing Keynote: Designing a Seamless Public Realm
    •Mitchell Silver, FAICP, Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
  • FitCity 2016 - Opening Keynote: Understanding Neighborhood Change: What the Numbers Tell Us   
    Ingrid Gould Ellen, Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, NYU Wagner School of Public Service; Faculty Director, NYU Furman Center
    Download: Opening Keynote - Ingrid Gould Ellen.pdf
  • FitCity 2016 - City Spotlight: NYC Economic Development Corporation: Brooklyn-Queens Connector   
    Lydon Sleeper, Senior Vice President, Government and Community Relations, NYC Economic Development Corporation
    Download: City Spotlight - EDC.pdf
  • FitCity 2016 - Panel: Measuring Access: Data, Equity, and Infrastructure   
    Dustin Duncan, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine (Moderator)

    Sarah Burd-Sharps, Co-Director, Measure of America

    Julia DeMartini Day, ‎Project Manager, Gehl Studio

    Simon Kawitzky, Director of Neighborhood Planning, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

    Tsu-Yu Tsao, Director of Research and Evaluation, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Download: Panel - Measuring Access.pdf
  • FitCity 2016 - City Spotlight: NYC Department of Design and Construction: Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Guiding Principles   
    Margaret O'Donoghue Castillo, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief Architect, NYC Department of Design and Construction
    Download: City Spotlight - DDC.pdf
  • FitCity 2016 - Panel: Putting People First: Community Engagement, User Experience, and the Built Environment   
    Karen Kubey, Editor, FitCity 10 Report; Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture (Moderator)

    Shaquana Boykin, Program Manager, Healthy Community Initiative, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

    Sarah Lidgus, Founder, Small City New York

    Elizabeth Linos, Vice President, Head of Research and Evaluation, The Behavioural Insights Team North America

    Damon Rich, Founding Principal, Hector Design Service

    Claire Weisz, FAIA, Founding Principal, WXY architecture + urban design
    Download: Panel - Putting People First.pdf
  • FitCity 2016 - Panel: Funding Innovation in Health and Housing    
    Kerry Griffin, Deputy Director, Population Health and Health Reform, Center for Health Policy and Programs, The New York Academy of Medicine (Moderator)

    Emily Chen, ‎National Program Director, Healthy Futures Fund, LISC

    Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, ISA

    Lourdes J. Rodriguez, DrPH, Program Officer, New York State Health Foundation

    Laurie Schoeman, Program Director, Green Communities, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
    Download: Panel - Funding Innovation.pdf
  • FitCity 10 Presentation: Activating Open Space at a Mott Haven NYCHA Development   
    Download: NYCHA Fit City 0511_Full Presentation-Screen Resolution.pdf
  • FitCity 10 Presentation: Urban Schoolyards: The Next Great Public Space   
  • FitCity 10 Presentation: Using Design to Promote Healthy Eating in Schools   
    Download: Using Urban Design to Promote Healthy Eating in Schools.pdf
  • FitCity 10 Presentation: What's Next in Active Design? East Harlem and our Expanding Vision of Healthy Neighborhoods   
  • FitCity 10 Presentation: Community Engagement and Active Transportation: Working to Achieve Collective Impact   
    Download: ActiveTransportation.pdf
  • FitCity 10 Presentation: Bridging Sectors to Create Recreational Opportunities   
  • FitCity 10 Presentation: Health and Housing: Planning Neighborhoods and Designing Housing   
    Design Keynote Address: Daniel Hernandez, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
    Download: DHernandez_FitCity_11may15-v3.pdf
  • FitCity 10 Presentation: Designing for Health in Affordable Housing   
    Download: FitCity10_Designing for Affordable Housing(1).pdf
  • FitCity Reports   
    Reports from past FitCity conferences and other publications can be downloaded from here.
  • FitCity 9   
    Watch FitCity 9. May 19, 2014.
  • FitCity 8   
    Watch FitCity 8. June 24, 2013.
  • FitCity 6   
    Watch FitCity 6. May 17, 2011.
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