Join ASLA-NY on March 13th for our semi-annual 4 CEUs and a Beer. The topic is Site Design Strategies for Health and Wellness.
Speakers and Sessions:
Nélida Quintero, PhD, Environmental Psychologist and Architect, The Center for Urban Design and Mental Health.
The link between urban design and mental health is particularly relevant now as people steadily migrate from rural areas to urban centers. By 2050 The United Nations estimates that 68% of the global population will live in cities. Various social and physical aspects of the urban environment may affect psychological well-being both positively and negatively. Exposure to urban environmental stressors, such air and noise pollution, limited access to public and green spaces, crowding, and increased socio-economic inequity among others, have been shown to heighten the propensity towards mood and anxiety disorders, and chronic mental and medical conditions. This presentation will consist of an overview of current research findings and design recommendations that explore the impact of contemporary conditions of urban life, highlighting the need for green, accessible, pro-social and safe spaces in the city, in order to promote and sustain urban well-being.
Nélida Quintero, Ph.D. is an environmental psychologist and licensed architect based in New York. She is an American Psychological Association NGO Representative at the United Nations, member of the NGO Committee on Ageing/NY Executive Committee and the Habitat Civil Society Working Group as well as Fellow of The Center for Urban Design and Mental Health.
David Storto, President of Partners Continuing Care and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the world’s leading rehabilitation institutions committed to patient care, teaching, research and advocacy. Spaulding cares for some of the most catastrophically injured and ill patient populations (e.g., spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke), as well as a wide variety of more minor musculoskeletal and sports related injuries. Spaulding is home to Harvard Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with a large residency and research enterprise.
Spaulding will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this fall, but opened a new state-of-the-art flagship facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard on the Boston Harbor in April 2013. David will describe the vision for the new hospital, discuss the interior and exterior design principles and will tell the story about building the new hospital with an emphasis on the outdoor landscape. This will include the remediation of the soil, the reclamation and reuse of some of its contents and use of outdoor spaces for therapeutic purposes and to promote the assimilation of patients and their families with the residential community.
David E. Storto is the President of Partners Continuing Care and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Under Mr. Storto’s leadership since 1998, PCC has grown and been developed as the fully integrated non-acute care services division of Partners HealthCare based in Boston, Massachusetts. PCC includes two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals with 25 outpatient centers, a long-term acute-care hospitals, and a skilled nursing facilities, together recognized as the SRN. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is the highly ranked and internationally recognized flagship of the SRN and is home to the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Britt Zuckerman, RLA, Dirtworks Landscape Architecture
Nature is Healing. If we want everyone to participate in public life, we must design and build an inclusive public realm that is accessible to all. Public life can’t just be for the abled, young or healthy. Everyone navigates the built environment differently, with abilities changing across a person’s lifespan. We will study design ideas that honor the human condition and create spaces that welcome everyone regardless of capability. Exposure to nature and green space is proven to provide mental, cognitive and physical health benefits. With careful programming, detailing and thinking, these landscapes can create sensory experiences. Gardens can be educational, therapeutic, or for individual exploration and contemplation. We will learn about designing meaningful spaces while also fostering ecological resilience and supporting biodiversity. Nature is a healing partner; a connection to nature requires a sensitivity to the human condition and spirit, a sensitivity to place and sensitivity to the environment.
Britt Zuckerman has over eight years of design experience focused on commercial, high-end residential and institutional projects. Her passion for landscape is grounded in a deep appreciation of nature and a belief that access to the environment is a fundamental human need. Britt is deeply invested in environmental stewardship and the role that design may play to foster engagement, especially in cities. She believes that in cultivating a deeper connection with nature and through its healing forces we are grounded to the land, as individuals and as social groups. Having worked on projects in New York City, the Northeast, Utah and Alabama, Britt understands the value of unique, engaging design for each site and client.
Sadiya Muqueeth, DrPH, Director of Community Health, The Trust for Public Land
This event is generously sponsored by: