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Happening in August/September

Enjoy a Women's Bike Social Farmers Market Ride on August 7, ride from Ruggles Station to two different farmers markets in Boston, ending in Dudley Square. Get your fruit and veggie shopping done by bike!

Push your limits on August 9 on an Endurance Ride with Discover Roxbury.

Register now for Boston Bikes' hallmark women's event of the season, the Boston Women's Bike Ride & Festival, Saturday August 16. Save $10 by registering before 11:59 pm on August 8. Use code EARLYBIKE. This celebration will feature scenic 10, 30, and 50 mile rides, and more.

Give the gift of clean water by running at the Clean Water 6K on August 16 at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Help BeCause Water raise awareness for the average 6K distance travelled each day in developing countries to access clean water. All proceeds go to

On August 17 at 5:00 pm head down to Boston's City Hall Plaza for Boston GreenFest 2014, a fully inclusive festival filled with fun learning experiences which address the important changes we need to make in our daily lives and our neighborhoods to create a healthier and more sustainable place to live.

And join a convoy for the August 29 Boston Bikes' "Bike Friday", or just show up on your own by bike for the fun at City Hall Plaza.


Fit City at ABX 2013

The Fit City Boston Summit in May 2013 sparked new connections and highlighted key opportunities around active design and enhanced quality of life in Boston neighborhoods. We continued the conversation at ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) with  a design charrette focused on sites in Mattapan.

BSA President’s Report on Fit City Boston

One of the great pleasures of being involved with the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) over the last 10 years has been watching our influence grow in public-policy conversations. People now know that the BSA is the first place to go for design thinking that will advance the quality of life in our cities.

Fit City Boston is a case in point. In late 2012, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) approached the BSA with an invitation to host a one-day summit on how the built environment can be understood—and reimagined—in terms of its impact on human health.

Part inspirational, part educational, and part generative, the summit that took place on May 6, 2013, brought healthcare professionals, design experts, and public officials together with the business and advocacy communities for an exchange of ideas.

Fit City Boston was also a call to action for architects to join in the fight against obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and related cancers. As the ultimate goals of sustainable design are the health, happiness, and safety of people, social sustainability and environmental justice must fit within our profession’s advocacy agenda. As we continue to convene with multidisciplinary experts from the BPHC, the Harvard School of Public Health, Partners HealthCare, Enterprise Community Partners, and many other private and public organizations, we hope this will be the beginning of a transformational exchange of ideas.

And, as a final thought, this summit and the work that will come out of it presents an opportunity for the BSA to contribute to one of Boston mayor Thomas Menino’s lifetime legacy projects: making Boston a healthier place to live.

Below is the conference wrap-up.

—Mike Davis FAIA, 2013 BSA President


On May 6, at BSA Space, the City of Boston and the BSA hosted Fit City Boston 2013, a day-long summit attended by over 100 planners, designers, health professionals, business and community leaders, and academics --  forward-thinking experts who examined how the built environment impacts health and how it can foster physical activity on our streets and in our buildings. Since 2012, local champions – including Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston Transportation Department, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Boston Society of Architects Enterprise Community Partners, Harvard School of Public Health and Metropolitan Area Planning Council –  have been convening to identify ways to build momentum around this work.

In his keynote address, Dr. John Spengler of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health, said he hoped this meeting would be a call to action that would catalyze attendees on the path ahead. He identified four critical channels to cultivate: practice, knowledge and research, resources, and leadership. At the end of the day, participants agreed that while further data collection (including the study of other cities) was crucial, the Fit City Summit was an important step in raising awareness and fostering greater social and human sustainability throughout our neighborhoods. The Fit City Boston 2013 steering committee continues to convene occasionally to advance Fit City goals in Greater Boston..

» Read the issue brief from the conference

​See the 2013 attendees.

2013 speaker Jhana Senxian was featured in the Boston Globe.

More about active design:

2013 Report on the state of health and urbanism, from MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism and the American Institute of Architects.

Next Boston: Healthy Community Design

Infographic: How Architecture Can Save Your Life 

New York City Department of Design and Construction: Active Design projects

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Architecture and Design for a Fit Nation​

AIA: Clinton Global Initiative

AIANY/Center for Architecture opens "FitNation," groundbreaking exhibition on active design across the United States

Making Today's Cities Healthier Cities


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Sponsored by:

Atlantic Wharf      The Boston Foundation

Past Events:

November 20, 3:30–5:00 pm
Fit City Initiative Update at ABX, Session B68
Led by Megan McClaire, associate director, Boston Public Health Commission

In May 2013, the City of Boston and the BSA hosted a Fit City Summit that brought together planners, designers, health professionals, business and community leaders, and academics to examine how the built environment impacts health and how it can foster physical activity on our streets and in our buildings. Attendees had opportunity to get the download from the Summit and learn more about fostering sustainable designs that not only spur creative economic development, but also improve the quality of life for Boston residents.

November 21, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Fit City charrette at ABX 
In collaboration with CDRC Boston.
free interactive workshop to brainstorm ways buildings and open spaces might be redesigned to support healthy living. Focus was on sites in Mattapan.