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.
As part of a broader effort to align the redesign of Harry Hines in the Medical District with current initiatives to update the district’s master plan, as well as assess and understand mobility needs going forward, TTF has been working to better define how best to balance the needs and opportunities along the Harry Hines corridor. These needs and opportunities are defined in five broad categories: user experience, campus character and livability, human and environmental health, safety and security, and traffic and mobility. We are working together with the district to find balance between initiatives and to finalize measurable objectives that we can use to guide the design efforts.
PILLAR 1: USER EXPERIENCE
Ensure the corridor is easy to navigate and a
place where everyone feels comfortable.
PILLAR 2: CAMPUS CHARACTER & LIVABILITY
Create a unique, memorable, and economically
PILLAR 3: HUMAN & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Improve environmental conditions to have a
positive impact upon human health.
PILLAR 4: SAFETY & SECURITY
Enhance safety conditions by reducing
collisions, increasing personal safety and
PILLAR 5: TRAFFIC & MOBILITY
Enable continued access within the district
for patients, visitors, emergency personnel,
clinicians and staff.