Designers are given a chance to help promote healthy living across New York City.

Architects often see stairs as a design feature that takes up a lot of space, as well as something that isn't able to add much to a building's overall aesthetic. In an attempt to get people exercising more, the Mayor of New York is trying to bring stairs to the forefront – quite literally.

The Center for Active Design was recently set up to combat the tendency for architects and planners to value convenience, which often leads to a more sedentary lifestyle, and in many cases, obesity.

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