Research Project

Designing Tall Buildings to Promote Physical Activity

Project Start: September 2012
Project Completion: December 2013
Principal Investigators: Kristen Day, Solomon Cordwell Buenz - SCB

The 2012 Research Seed Funding was awarded to a team from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, led by Dr. Kristen Day, Professor and Head of Department, to study the impact of tall building developments on physical activity in China. More than 50 organizations from around the world applied for the seed funding, which was sponsored by AECOM. The winner was chosen by the CTBUH’s Research Seed Funding Review Committee. The goal of the research team, which includes Dr. Mariela Alfonzo from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Dr. Zhan Guo from Wagner Graduate School of Public Service of New York University, is to provide guidance for the design of tall buildings and districts that can positively improve health in China’s rapidly growing cities.


Funding Partner

Steering Committee Members

About the Funding Partner

AECOM is the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come. 


At AECOM, we believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone.


Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, infrastructure powers possibilities to help people and communities thrive.


Across the globe, our clients in the public and private sectors count on us to take on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative solutions that push the limits of what’s possible – the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development mega project, life-sustaining disaster recovery programs, and the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.


On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment, we partner with our clients to build legacies for generations to come.


We are the world’s premier infrastructure firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle.


We’re planners, designers, engineers, consultants and construction managers driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.


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