The Center for Active Design is an organization that’s dedicated to promoting the idea that architecture can help us live less sedentary lives. Born from an initiative started during Michael Bloomberg’s mayorship, The Center for Active Design is now a nonprofit organization that works with city agencies, private architects and educational institutions.
This week, the organization celebrated the winners of its first annual Excellence awards at an event in New York City. Four fully completed projects won Excellence awards, which were selected from among 40 entries and represent a range of different types of projects and geographic locations. Below are the four winners.
In addition to the four projects above, the Blue Sea Development Company was awarded the Leadership prize for incorporating active design elements into public housing projects for the New York City Housing Authority. This includes creating gyms and playgrounds, in addition to creating a hydroponic roof garden for a low-income building in the South Bronx. “I’m really thrilled to play a small part,” said Les Bluestone, co-owner of Blue Sea Development.
The Center for Active Design aims to both contribute directly in active design projects and be a thought leader by publishing guidelines and honoring exemplary projects. Executive Director Joanna Frank said that it was important to the organization that the awards highlight completed projects.
She looks forward to next year’s event. “We know there are a lot of great projects in the pipeline,” she said.