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Friday, March 8

10:00am EST

Public health research on the built environment: special topics on creating equitable and healthy places.
What factors contribute to optimizing human health both indoors and outdoors within the built environment? Creating equitable and healthy communities is a product of multi-level interventions in policy, places, and people. This panel discussion will open with researchers from the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health sharing recent evidence of health status improvements at both building and neighborhood-level project levels. Their current studies focus on the drivers of residential indoor air pollution in urban communities, urban food systems and the health of farmers, and nature-based interventions at residential and workplace projects will highlight opportunities for health equity in the urban built environment. A building expert from Steven Winter Associates, Inc., will then take this research into the project design and building sector by making the business case for broadening the definition of high performance buildings to include human health. Merging her “boots on the ground” experience in the built environment with her expertise in green building certification programs, she will present some key strategies for protecting and promoting health in a socially equitable and cost-effective manner.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how incorporation of indoor and outdoor nature at the project level imports human health benefits across physical, cognitive, and emotional domains
  2. Identify potential ways to improve health impacts of the built environment through food access, urban agriculture, and the cultivation of green spaces
  3. Describe determinants of exposure to fine particulate matter within the home and disparities in housing conditions
  4. Recognize what resources are available to promote the design of healthier buildings

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Linda Powers Tomasso

PhD student, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
As a PhD student of Environmental Health in the Population Health Sciences Program at Harvard Chan, Linda Tomasso is researching positive associations between exposure to nature and various health outcomes— physiological, emotional, and behavioral—as well as differential responses... Read More →
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Lauren Hildebrand

Sustainability Director, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Lauren Hildebrand is a Sustainability Director at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., a building science consulting firm made up of engineers and architects that has led the way since 1972 in the development of best practices to achieve high performance buildings through research, consulting... Read More →
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MyDzung T. Chu

PhD candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MyDzung T. Chu is an environmental and occupational health epidemiologist interested in community-based research on social determinants of health and environmental exposures within the home, workplace, and neighborhood contexts. Her current research focus on drivers of air pollution... Read More →
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Ashley Gripper

PhD student, RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Ashley earned her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University, after which she worked with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Kohn Pederson Fox Architecture Firm (KPF) to develop ways to improve the food environment through retail near Red Hook’s... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
KG01 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Health, Data
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report

1:00pm EST

Urban Farm Development for Neighborhood Health and Resilience
Creating equitable, healthy, and resilient neighborhoods asks design and development teams to deliberately engage with the physical, social, historic, and environmental contexts of a site. This panel tells the story of the redevelopment of a historically significant site in Mattapan, one of Boston’s majority Black and Brown neighborhoods. Led by the Urban Farming Institute (UFI) and Historic Boston Inc, the design team created the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. This highly productive urban farm is part of a larger effort by UFI to bring new green spaces, opportunities for education, meaningful employment, and increased access to healthy food to the residents of Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester.

Over the last five years, the founders of the UFI have partnered with local organizations to build a vital commercial agriculture sector in the City of Boston. These projects have connected the will, vision, and initiative of Black and Brown residents with the assets and resources of project development teams to build a more equitable community. The recently completed Fowler Clark Epstein Farm--the project's crown jewel--is a historic corner property in Mattapan. This site is one of the oldest farmhouses in Boston (now a Historic Landmark), and it hosts just under a half acre of growing space, newly renovated offices, a Farm Manager’s Residence, and a teaching kitchen for UFI’s green collar jobs training.

How did this happen, what did our team learn, and how can we adapt this model in Boston and beyond? The members of FCE's design and development team, including Perkins+Will, Historic Boston, the Trust for Public Land, and the Regenerative Design Group, discuss how they worked with UFI to bring a form of redevelopment that serves to increase the resilience and health of one neighborhood with many contexts.

01 / Explore the idea of equity, resilience, and regeneration from the perspective of the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm partners and design team
02 / Understand the project-specific drivers and stakeholders' positions in creating an urban farm in the City of Boston and how these drivers enacted values of equity in this project
03 / Engage with the regenerative approaches to planning, programming, historic preservation, development, and design
04 / Apply ideas, thinking, and strategies from this case study to other urban landscape projects

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 1.5 HRS

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Keith Zaltzberg

Principal, Regenerative Design Group
Keith is an environmental designer and founding principal of the Regenerative Design Group. He works with clients to create resilient and productive landscapes that contribute to human well-being and social justice, regenerate ecological vitality, and create beauty. Keith draws on... Read More →
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Stephen Messinger

Architect, Perkins+Will
From Concepts through Construction I lead the design process to ensure a successful project for the Client. Working with an amazing team of talented and dedicated professionals inside of Perkins+Will, I strive to keep the central mission of thoughtful and sustainable design to make... Read More →
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Barbara Knecht

Urban Farming Institute
I say my work has taken me “from dirt to dirt,” and is tied to an enduring obsession with the intersection of people and designed environments - making physical and social environments that work for people. My professional title is architect. Currently I turn vacant lots into... Read More →
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Lisa Lewis

Senior Project Manager, Historic Boston INC
Lisa is a Senior Project Manager at Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI), a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and finds new uses for important at-risk historic buildings that support the vibrancy of Boston’s neighborhoods. Lisa began her work in project management in 1989... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Sage Bowers Auditorium Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Health, Agriculture
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 1.5 HRS - Self Report

3:00pm EST

Mental and Social Health as Community Resilience: How Architecture Impacts Emotions
To achieve sustainability and social equity, we must acknowledge that buildings impact us inside and out. Populations that are less mobile and have fewer choices for where to live and work are particularly affected mentally and physically by the buildings and spaces they inhabit. Harnessing recent findings, this session outlines the next frontier in green design: the human emotional experience of place, acknowledging we cannot build sustainably unless we take into account how architecture makes us feel, and impacts community social health and welfare.

Participants will leave understanding to what extent the long-term sustainability of a building hinges on its ability to foster emotional connection.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how 'unconscious' and 'preconscious' processing and built-in visual tendencies frame our experience of architecture, determining our behavior and feelings in the built environment.
  2. Review the importance of 'attachment' in our relationship with buildings and list ways it can be assessed in an architectural project to predict pre-attentive approach/avoidance behavior.
  3. Specify how biometric tools and surveys can be used to quantify and predict unconscious and conscious emotional reactions to buildings and how designers can use them to increase 'empathetic' conditions and 'attachment patterns' improving walkability, sense of place, public heath and well-being.
  4. Understand how architecture can promote or erode a sense of community, listing design strategies conducive to social equity and mental health.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Kate Altmann

Masters student, Yale School of Architecture
Kate is a post-professional Masters student at Yale School of Architecture. After graduating from Cambridge, UK, she worked in the London Architecture office, Hall McKnight, then becoming the Bass Fellow in Architecture at Yale. She has a particular interest in the possibility of... Read More →
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Misha Semenov

Co-founder, The Ecoempathy Project
Misha is an architectural designer and co-founder of The Ecoempathy Project, an online platform that explores ways the built environment can help to create connections between humans and nature. Through research at the Yale Schools of Architecture and Forestry & Environmental studies... Read More →
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Ann Sussman, AIA

Director, geneticsofdesign.com
Ann Sussman, AIA, an architect, author and biometric researcher, is passionate about understanding how buildings affect people emotionally. Her book, Cognitive Architecture, Designing for How We respond to the Built Environment, (2015) won the 2016 Place Research Award from the Environmental... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
K319 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report
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