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April 2022 Newsletter

Check out our April Newsletter for the new SPOTLIGHT ON RESEARCH section, learn how trees improve urban development and what the Harry Hines corridor and park project will do with vegetation differently to improve the symbiotic nature of the District.

Trees Changing the Front Lines of Urbanism 

It is troubling, or should we say “treeoubling,” that the accepted norm in our cities are single rows of trees lined up like soldiers along a street. Project after project we tell the street tree to embrace the astonishingly small hole and to grow and flourish in the poorest of soil surrounded by hardscape surface.Continue reading “Trees Changing the Front Lines of Urbanism “


Mixed Methods: An Innovative Approach to Complex Research   The SWMD Urban Landscape and Park project is complex in vision, scale, and scope of work. It brings together multiple organizations and communities with diverse voices, perspectives, experiences, and needs. And because of this complexity TTF is using Mixed Methods Research (MMR).   MMR integrates qualitative and quantitativeContinue reading SPOTLIGHT ON RESEARCH  “

Brent Bucknum, Founder and Principal of Hyphae Design Laboratory

Brent Bucknum, founder and principal of Hyphae Design Laboratory, is a consultant on the Southwestern Medical District (SWMD) project. He brings technological innovation, evidence-based research, state-of-the-art methodologies, and a great passion for bridging the gap between urban health and the built environments to the project.   Brent’s early work focused on environmental justice in westContinue reading “Brent Bucknum, Founder and Principal of Hyphae Design Laboratory”

Evidence-Based Design: The Quiet Revolution  

One of the most exciting and innovative aspects of the SWMD project is that it is embedded in the theory and praxis of Evidence Based Design (EBD). EBD is a process that uses scientific principles and empirical data to shape and contour physical environments. It’s predicated on the notion that technological advances and rigorous scientificContinue reading “Evidence-Based Design: The Quiet Revolution  “

Placemaking, Engagement, and the Community Vision Statement

From the equitable engagement findings of Phase I, a community vision statement was produced that culminates the design and placemaking constructions that stakeholders and engagement participants anticipate the project to encompass once completed. Placemaking is a widely used term in development these days, the definition though broad, has been attempted by several urban planning groupsContinue reading “Placemaking, Engagement, and the Community Vision Statement”

Vision Phase Equitable Engagement Summary

Texas Trees Foundation is thrilled to release the Phase 1 Equitable Engagement Summary for the SWMD Urban Streetscape Project! This document covers all of the engagement activities that we have conducted this year – from virtual community questionnaire to door-to-door canvassing. We have engaged 1,942 community members in the process so far! Thank you toContinue reading “Vision Phase Equitable Engagement Summary”

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”


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