Americans, on average, spend around 90 percent of their time indoors, and now the nation’s leading group of architects has found inspiration in this somewhat glum fact. The professionals who design our working and living quarters are starting to see all these confined hours as a major opportunity for them to make a meaningful impact on public health. Today, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced its latest effort along these lines—a three-year partnership among 11 architectural schools whose research programs will further explore the notion that building design, city planning and health should go hand in hand. READ More>
What is AIA Hong Kong?
AIA Hong Kong, A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was established in 1997 to serve the professional interests of the growing number of AIA member architects practicing in Hong Kong, China and the Asia Pacific region.
From fitness-centric communities ringed by designated speed walking paths to “inclusion, not seclusion”-minded geriatric wonderlands in the California desert, architects have dreamt up some rather intriguing ways in which to keep seniors healthy, happy and, above all, socially engaged.
SPARK, a lauded international architecture studio with offices in London, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore, recently unveiled a conceptual retirement community that takes a novel approach in promoting an active lifestyle for its residents: by putting encouraging them to work in a massive, on-site urban farm. READ More>