Clark Manus, FAIA, 2011 President AIA outlines a prescription for a healthier way of living in his AIA Perspective piece in the April 2011 issue of Architect Magazine.
In this piece, he writes: "Leaving aside the impact of soaring health costs on small business, America’s health crisis—and 'crisis' is not an overstatement—raises the question of the role, if any, design has as an Rx for the nation’s health. Answering that question requires bridging a deep and wide perceptual gulf.
Mention 'health' and 'design' in the same breath and most people immediately picture hospitals and clinics. Yet architects have a much larger role to play. We should be trying to keep people out of hospitals. A trip to the emergency room should largely be the consequence of accidents, not the outcome of a poor lifestyle."