Redesigning the Southwestern Medical District for Human Health – Inside and Out
Imagine a Medical District where brilliant minds, hopeful patients and diverse community members can thrive in an innovative, healthy, and safe environment. We are seeking to bring new life inside the Southwestern Medical District by transforming the outdoor environment.
Designing for Human Health
How can we create a healthy Southwestern Medical District?
This project is rooted in improving human health for all community members. According to the World Health Organization, “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (1946). This robust definition of health contends that health is more than just physical health outcomes. A person’s health is affected by the circumstances of his or her life. Social determinants of health are conditions in which a person is born, lives, and works, that affect the overarching health outcomes.
In order to design the SWMD Urban Streetscape and Park project for human health, the Team is focused on five pillars of design.
A Healthy District is…
Restore and enhance the environmental health of the District by returning nature to the area and giving it the opportunity to grow and flourish in order to leverage its restorative health benefits.
- Reduce the Urban Heat Island
- Improve Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation
- Reduce and Remediate Air Quality Contamination
- Reduce and Remediate Stormwater Contamination
- Reduce Impact of Noise Along the Corridor
- Improve Health of Soils and Vegetation
- Create and Diversify Habitat
- Deploy Sustainable Development Practices
- Design for Biophilia
Empower all stakeholders to take part in the reimaging of their community by amplifying voices that have historically been excluded from similar processes and educate the community through diverse cultural and informative experiences on the environmental and historic roots of the District.
- Mobility Independence / Universal Design
- Facilitate Social Inclusion
- Plan for Civic Engagement
- Create Moments for History and Education
Create an experience for all users, pedestrians, cyclist and drivers, that integrates the needs of accessibility and convenience and creates mutual awareness of one another.
- Manage Traffic Effectively
- Allow for Emergency Vehicle Access
- Improve Lighting
- Improve Security
- Utilize Smart Tech and Innovative Strategies
Define the District’s character into a unified and memorable place for innovation, health, and healing by providing a space that engages the mind, activates the body, and lifts the spirit.
- Incorporate Public Art and Define Campus Character
- Link Spaces for Community Cohesion
- Create Space for Creativity and Shared Knowledge
Link different physical facets, institutions, business and communities of the District to create a whole, healthy ecosystem that is accessible to all and unites community members to one another.
- Promote Multimodal Mobility
- Prepare for Emerging Technologies
- Serve as a Node for Area and Regional Systems
- Develop Wayfinding for All Modes of Transit
“To really feel a forest canopy we must use different senses, and often the most useful is the sense of imagination.”
Joan Maloof, Author and Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University