June 2022 Newsletter

As we place sensors throughout the District to capture thermal comfort data, and soon begin Phase 2 of Equitable Engagement to gain feedback from District users on streetscape and park amenities, its important to revisit our roots. Explore how and why we use biophilia to inform the design process. Also, learn about the SWMD team’sContinue reading “June 2022 Newsletter”

Biophilia and the Importance of Designing for Human Health

Biophilia, a term coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, is the philosophy that humans have an innate, biological affinity for the natural world. Importantly, research shows that there is a positive influence of greenery on human psychological and cognitive functioning; by using plants and their inherent shapes, colors, forms,Continue reading “Biophilia and the Importance of Designing for Human Health”

Biophilia Workshops Recap

As we embark on Phase 2 of the equitable engagement component of our project, consulting District users about streetscape and park amenities and programming, it seems important to revisit our experience with biophilic design and the consulting firm, Terrapin Bright Green. Terrapin is a consulting firm that specializes in design, whole systems thinking, and researchContinue reading “Biophilia Workshops Recap”

May 2022 Newsletter

Covid has not only been linked recently to healthcare worker burnout, but also negatively to the mental health of our youth. Evidence continues to show that experiencing nature and getting outside are great ways to combat the negative impacts of Covid and our sedentary lifestyles. Learn how these things impact healthcare workers and youth inContinue reading “May 2022 Newsletter”

November 2021 Project Newsletter

Transforming the Southwestern Medical District for Health and Nature UPCOMING ENGAGEMENT FINDINGS How do you experience the District? Take a walking tour of Harry Hines – either in person or virtually! The tour provides opportunities for you to engage with the streetscape, identify challenges and opportunities, and explore potential alternative scenarios. VISION OBJECTIVES We areContinue reading “November 2021 Project Newsletter”

October 2021 Project Newsletter

Transforming the Southwestern Medical District for Health and Nature UPCOMING ENGAGEMENT FINDINGS We are currently looking for a SWMD Project Urban Design Associate. This person will be responsible for facilitating and coordinating the robust equitable engagement plan, outreach strategy, and overall project design and implementation. VIRTUAL AND PRINT WALKING TOUR How do you experience theContinue reading “October 2021 Project Newsletter”

September 2021 Project Newsletter

Transforming the Southwestern Medical District for Health and Nature AIA Dallas 2021 Community Honor Award Texas Trees Foundation was humbled to be recognized by the AIA Dallas Chapter to receive the 2021 Community Honor Award on September 30th at a breakfast being held at the Architecture and Design Exchange. The nomination and selection committee commendsContinue reading “September 2021 Project Newsletter”

August 2021 Project Newsletter

Transforming the Southwestern Medical District for Health and Nature New Ways to Share your Ideas! VIRTUAL COMMUNITY WORKSHOP Join your community and the Texas Trees Foundation for an interactive virtual workshop on Tuesday, September 14th from 12- 2 pm! We will be sharing our engagement findings to date and workshopping ideas for design as weContinue reading “August 2021 Project Newsletter”

July 2021 Project Newsletter

Transforming the Southwestern Medical District for Health and Nature SOCIAL MEDIA Check out our new Facebook and Instagram Pages! Like and follow us to see what is happening with the Project and learn more about the power of nature. JOB AVAILABLE We are looking for a Health Research and Education Coordinator to conduct research andContinue reading “July 2021 Project Newsletter”