Design Biblio

The following resources have helped inform our work.    While public toilets get little or no attention in  these reports, books or organizations, they contribute to factors known to foster livable cities and individual health.

Reports, Documents, Curricula

How Land Use and Transportation Systems Impact Public Health:  An Annotated Bibliography Issued by Georgia Tech and the CDC, this is a Working Paper in the Active community Environments Initiative.  Nothing on restrooms or toilets.  50 p, no date.

Built Environment and Public Health Course Curriculum The CDC-funded University of Virginia site features a module designed to provide a critical overview of built environment and health topics organized in a curriculum for full academic semester or as individual modules. The module curriculum was developed in collaboration with faculty from U.S. planning and public health schools, based on their experience teaching built environment and health courses.

The Public Health Roots of Zoning: In Search of Active Living’s Legal Genealogy Predicated on the idea that protection of public health lies at the heart of zoning, this article explores zoning’s public health origins and makes the case for zoning reform. From English common law to landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the authors trace zoning’s roots and lay out legal, historical and policy rationales for zoning reform. Published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Community Design: A toolkit for building physical activity into daily life This toolkit, prepared by by the Metropolitan Design Center, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota, starts with general information on how the environment matters in physical activity and then provides more detail about four key dimensions of the environment: density, street pattern, mixed-use and pedestrian infrastructure.

Understanding the relationship between Public Health and the Built Environment: A Report Prepared for the LEED-ND Core Committee.  By Design, Community & Environment . Dr. Reid Ewing Lawrence Frank and Company, Inc., Dr. Richard Kreutzer, May 2006.

An Expert Review on the Strength of the Public Health Data in Support of Proposed Community Design Standards in LEED for Neighborhood Development Farr Associates, with the help of the Centers for Disease control, prepared a report on the relationship between the USGBC LEED for Neighborhood Development criteria and public health. The findings helped to further revise the LEED-ND standards and focus on opportunities to strengthen the links between known public health interventions and the LEED-ND criteria.

 Organizations and programs

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is a national clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility for pedestrians (including transit users) and bicyclists. The PBIC serves anyone interested in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police enforcement, and the health community.

Leadership for Healthy Communities The program supports state and local policy leaders in efforts to create healthier communities by promoting policies and programs that will improve access to affordable healthy foods, increase opportunities for safe physical activity, and improve the social environments that shape how children perceive and relate to healthy eating and active living.

National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) National Center for Bicycling & Walking (founded as the Bicycle Federation of America) has been working for more bicycle-friendly and walkable communities. This Web site is designed to support the activities and initiatives of people across the country working in their professional work and private lives to make America a better place to walk and to bicycle.

Healthy Transportation Network The Healthy Transportation Network provides walking and bicycling safety information. The Network also also provides trainings to local stakeholders interested in creating environments that encourage safe walking and bicycling.

Institute on Aging and Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning Promotes research, scholarship, and service concerning environments for older persons.

National Center for Smart Growth Research and EducationThe National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education is a non-partisan center for research and leadership training on smart growth and related land use issues in Maryland, in metropolitan regions around the nation, and in Asia and Europe. The mission of the Center is to bring the diverse resources of the University of Maryland and a network of national experts to bear on issues related to land use and the environment, transportation and public health, housing and community development, and international urban development.

Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access The IDEA Center is dedicated to improving the design of environments and products by making them more usable, safer and appealing to people with a wide range of abilities throughout their life spans.

Center for Universal Design The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products.

Institute on Aging and Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning Promotes research, scholarship, and service concerning environments for older persons.

National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education is a non-partisan center for research and leadership training on smart growth and related land use issues in Maryland, in metropolitan regions around the nation, and in Asia and Europe. The mission of the Center is to bring the diverse resources of the University of Maryland and a network of national experts to bear on issues related to land use and the environment, transportation and public health, housing and community development, and international urban development.

Active Living By Design creates community-led change by working with local and national partners to build a culture of active living and healthy eating. Established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ALBD is part of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Active Living By Design Portland (Lents & Damascus) Projects

Books

Alexander, Christopher, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)  (Hardcover – 1977)

Chavan, Abhijeet et al, eds.  Planetizen Contemporary Issues in Urban Planning. Island Press, 2007.

Duany, Andres, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck.  Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.  2001

Johnson, Steven.  The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World. by Steven Johnson.

Mapes, Jeff.  Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities. Oregon State University Press, 2009.

Donald C. Shoup. The High Cost of Free Parking. APA Planners Press.

WebPages and Blogs

Fifteen Unusual and Creative Busstops.

Smart Growth America is a coalition of national, state and local organizations working to improve the ways we plan and build the towns, cities and metro areas we call home.

Active Living Network Storybank Great place to post good practice.

New Urban News International listing through 2015.

Truckers’ Toilets UK Newsletter July 2016

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