An interdisciplary project lead by Elton Abbot and Susan Rodiek
earned first place honors in the product design category of the
Active Place Design Competition sponsored by the Environmental
Design Research Association. The award was presented at the EDRA’s
April 29, 2005 annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Theirs was one of 43 entries received from several different
countries, on the topic of how the physical environment can promote
health by supporting physical activity.
The NIA-funded SBIR project is a multimedia educational CD, "Interdisciplinary
Educational Tool to Improve Active Outdoor Places for Long Term
Care Residents." The purpose is to improve the health of
older adults, by providing research-based information in an easily-accessible
format, explaining how to design better outdoor space at residential
care facilities. The project team includes prominent gerontologists,
educational psychologists, and landscape architects, and is led
by two architects who are also design professors.
In May 2005, the posters from this competition were re-mounted
at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, where this
project again received First Place in the Product Design category,
from faculty and students visiting the exhibition.