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Active Living Case Studies

n response to the increasing evidence linking urban planning to low levels of community participation in physical activity, the New South Wales Premier's Council for Active Living (PCAL) has developed a web-based resource Designing Places for Active Living .

Specific considerations to help create environments for active living are summarised for seven key environments.

For each issue, there is an objective, a concise overview of important design considerations, together with links to key references and additional resources for detailed design guidelines.

PCAL has also compiled a series of NSW case studies to demonstrate the successful application of Active Living design considerations for each of the specific environments within the Designing Places for Active Living resource. The purpose of the case studies is to document and photograph how the application of Active Living design consideration has translated in practice.

Who should use the case studies

The case studies will be useful to a wide range of practitioners in local and state government, private consultancy, the development industry and other design and health professionals. Such users may include town planners, traffic and civil engineers, road safety officers, community safety officers, architects and urban designers, developers and local government councillors.

How to use the case studies

Each case study is divided into seven sections:

  • Introduction
  • Description & context
  • Design Process
  • Evaluation
  • Project Participants
  • Project Summary
  • Getting there and further information

Hyperlinks to enlarged images are provided throughout the case studies that demonstrate the translation of the relevant design objective into practise. All case study images are provided as thumbnail sized photographs at the end of the descriptive text.

The case studies are not meant to address all aspects of the particular environment they are highlighting but rather provide descriptions and images of key project assets. As a result, the selection of case study sites should not be taken as an endorsement by PCAL of the particular site and it is the responsibility of the user to ensure compliance with the requisite legislation, regulations, codes and standards.

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