Experiment: 3 weeks Los Angeles without private car, just Velo, LA Metro and Uber.. Reverse Logic: everything is much closer than assumed by using a car.

Lately my side activity (Seminars in Urban Design at HCU) and my (not so secret) love for the Velo have given my work a new touch: to help promote a new mobility together with my biz partner Sascha Bartz, we cooperate locally in the Neustadt Hamburg and beyond under the name MIXITY GBR.

(New) Active design is an approach to architecture and urban planning that aims to promote physical activity and overall health through the built environment plus digital means. This design philosophy integrates strategies to encourage movement and wellness in everyday life, addressing the growing concerns of sedentary lifestyles and their associated health risks.

To bring this concept into the 21 century it needs to be implemented with active digital design principles (digital first) to catch all people and give them a chance to be part of the necessary changes.

Key principles of active design include:

Designing pedestrian-friendly streets and pathways.

Ensuring safe and accessible sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes.

Enhancing connectivity between different parts of a community to make walking and cycling more practical and appealing.

Incorporating prominent, attractive, and accessible staircases in buildings.

Using signage and design features to encourage stair use over elevators and escalators.

Providing parks, playgrounds, and recreational areas within close proximity to residential and commercial areas.

Ensuring these spaces are safe, well-maintained, and inviting for all age groups.

Combining residential, commercial, and recreational spaces within close proximity.

Encouraging diverse land use to reduce reliance on cars and promote walking and cycling.

Designing easy and safe access to public transportation.

Integrating transit stops with pedestrian and cycling routes.

Involving local communities in the planning process to ensure the design meets their needs and encourages their participation in active lifestyles.

Incorporating greenery, parks, and natural elements into urban design.

Enhancing mental and physical well-being through exposure to nature.

Providing amenities such as bike racks, water fountains, and benches to support physical activity.

Ensuring facilities like gyms and sports centers are easily accessible.

By integrating these elements, active design aims to create environments that make physical activity a natural and enjoyable part of daily life, thereby improving public health and quality of life.

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