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The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) developed Active Design Miami as part of a contract with the Florida Department of Health, funded through the Centers for Disease Control. Active Design Miami, in consultation with numerous community partners, produced guidelines for creating healthier buildings, parks and open spaces, development patterns, transportation, and mobility.

Miami-Dade County faces health challenges that can benefit from the use of Active Design strategies. This includes rising obesity and chronic disease rates, and high rates of depression and other mental health issues. The Active Design Guidelines will be updated to support the health of communities, most importantly those that are underserved and were particularly affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For the next year, MCAD will focus on three areas:
  1. reviewing the utilization of the Active Design Miami Guidelines with a focus on underserved and minority communities in Miami-Dade County;
  2. education and awareness building about the impact design has on health and;
  3. implementing a pilot project in Miami-Dade where Active Design Guidelines translate health research into design strategies where residents can easily incorporate physical activity and make healthier choices every day.
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The Miami Center for
Architecture and Design


The Miami Center for Architecture & Design is the place for everyone interested in design and the built environment, with community meeting space and educational programs to enhance public appreciation for architecture and design.

MCAD is home to AIA Miami as well as the Downtown Miami Welcome Center, in partnership with the Miami Downtown Development Authority. The Welcome Center is “everything Miami” – cultural events, attractions, maps, history and more!

MCAD houses flexible exhibit/gallery space that accommodates lectures, seminars and meetings, space for Urban Lab Studios and flex meeting rooms.