Health and Places Initiative


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Health and Places Initiative

Leadership Phase 1

Gary Adamkiewicz, Assistant Professor, co-Principal Investigator, HSPH
Leire Asensio-Villoria, Lecturer, Design Coordinator, HGSD
Ann Forsyth, Professor, Principal Investigator, HGSD
David Mah, Lecturer, Design Coordinator, HGSD
Peter Rowe, Professor, Neighborhood Case Study Lead, HGSD
John Spengler, Professor, Principal Investigator, HSPH

Who We Are

This project has had two phases. The first phase of the Health and Places Initiaitive (HAPI) project, from 2013-2015, investigated the scope and possibilities for creating healthier places in the future, with a global concern but a specific emphasis on China. The project brought together experts from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (HGSD) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) to create a forum for understanding the multiple issues that face cities in light of rapid urbanization and an aging population worldwide. Through the work of dedicated faculty and researchers, the project developed templates for alternative models of urban development, stressing their impact on health and aging. 

What We Do

Phase 1 of HAPI he project had several components:

Why This Matters

There are many links between health and the built environment, from air quality to food access. The Health and Places Initiative (HAPI) project is a program that helps create and synthesize the evidence base linking landscape, urban design, planning, and health.

For more information, please visit the Health and Places Initiative website.

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