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Drexel Becomes Charter Member of AIA Design and Health Research Consortium

The Urban Design and Health team from Drexel’s School of Public Health and Westphal College of Media Arts & Design was named as a charter member of the AIA Design and Health Research Consortium, which includes the American Institute of Architects (AIA), among others. The consortium which will help fund basic research on how design affects public health. The Drexel University team will focus on the depressed West Philadelphia neighborhood known as Mantua, where more than a third (34%) of residents live in poverty. The team’s research will evaluate and measure the impact of urban design on the health and wellbeing of community residents, including both nature-centered design projects (such as community gardens, an urban greenway and a new sustainable playground to be built at the McMichael Elementary school) and “non-natural ecologies” such as housing improvements.

http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB105043