Built-environment interventions to promote healthy, active living in The Bronx
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The Bronx, New York
Georgeen Theodore, Tobias Armborst, Daniel D'Oca, Brian Mourato, Katherine Isidro, Georine Pierre, Andrew Wald
Interboro has partnered with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) in an effort to promote active design and healthy behaviors in a neighborhood in the South Bronx. DOHMH's Active Design program amplifies the role of architecture and urban planning in promoting healthy behaviors and reducing the burden of chronic disease in NYC.
Starting with robust community engagement and careful observation of the neighborhood (using tools like neighborhood walks, collaborative mapping, surveys, and interviews), Interboro is developing health-oriented public space interventions that align with both DOHMH's expanding Active Design program and DCP's ongoing Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Plan initiative. Interboro has worked with a wide range of City agencies and community partners to identify potential sites and projects that address both short-term and long-term neighborhood needs like improving walkability, pedestrian safety, and access to existing parks; providing better access to fresh food options and supporting local food production; and enhancing existing outdoor public spaces and activating vacant spaces in order to encourage community gathering and cohesion.
Interboro developed five key criteria that our proposed projects must meet. All of our projects will:
CATALYZE: jump start and give glimpses of longer-term change
COMBINE: always serve more than one purpose and more than one constituency
EXEMPLIFY: always make DOHMH's active design mission clear
AMPLIFY: build on and intensify what's already there
SURPRISE: be noticeable and exciting for maximum impact.
Over the next year, we will work with DOHMH, DCP, and our other project partners to refine the design of a small number of built-environment interventions and placemaking strategies... then build them!