Over 35% of America’s population is obese, and over 34% are overweight. Obesity affects about 17% of the American children, a number which is three times more than a decade ago. Nearly 10% of the population has diabetes; even worse over 8 million people have diabetes and are not aware they are victims. It’s no secret that the health crisis in America originates from things like access to poor quality foods and lack of exercise. However, architects are working together with the medical professionals to change this trend.
According to Robert Ivy, this wave of chronic diseases can only change through design thinking. It is a visionary responsibility that planning and architects can have on the public health of the nation. Whether it’s using natural sunlight to assist the students in increasing their attention limit in schools, or a health care service that inspires physical exercise as part of recovery regimen, public health officials and architects are joining forces in ways unexpected a generation ago.
Robert states that creative solutions indicate that health and design can deliver innovative resolutions to the obesity crisis. However, a lot of education is required. That’s the reason why both medical and architecture schools are advocating for more undergraduate training, recommending medical schools to offer architectural design as part of the curriculum. Collaborating in academia promises that there will emerge a new generation of planners, who will design neighborhoods and cities that will inspire physical activity and exercise as a way of fighting obesity and many other chronic ailments as well.
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For a new group of public health officials and design professionals, the challenges of chronic disease epidemic may look daunting. However, two professions, public health, and architecture are currently responding to the urgent need for graduates having combined degrees. Other programs might follow as student request that training. That’s a sign that they are ready to fight off the fatal health issues of our time.
Robert Ivy became the chief executive officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. Before AIA, Robert served at McGraw-Hill Construction Media as the Vice president and the supervisor of online prints and publications quality. Before that, he served as the Chief Editor at Architectural Record, and during his term RECORD became one of the most distributed journals across the world.
Robert is a holder of a Masters’ Degree in Architecture and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from the Tulane University and the University of the South respectively. He is a member of the International Circle of Architecture Critics, the American Architecture Foundation, and former member of national board of AIA. Robert presently serves on several architectural schools boards such as Auburn University, Tongji University, Mississippi State University and Tulane University.
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