Many of our greatest problems and opportunities are at the urban scale, not the building scale. We use our skills in community facilitation and program development to support municipalities and community coalitions in making a meaningful impact on the health and vitality of urban environments.
We guide the design and enhancement of urban environments to improve the health of communities.
We work with districts and municipalities to develop policies and programs that encourage residents, developers and planners to approach the design and development of our communities with integrated systems thinking. We work with cities to connect municipal goals (such as climate action, connectivity, biodiversity, green building, or public health) to program solutions.
We work with non-profits, coalitions and community members to evaluate civic needs that will engage populations in healthy eating, active living, and other approaches that will enable them to thrive. We work to summarize community input into actionable program plans through synthesis and by using approaches such as walking audits, application of district scale sustainability protocols , spatial analyses and community sourced design and focus groups.
We build interdisciplinary research teams from CSU and other institutions to address our most important climate, equity, health, and infrastructure research questions. By convening teams of researchers with public and private sector stakeholders, we help to expand the vision of teams working on large and complex urban redevelopments.