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2023: Designing the Future of the Southwestern Medical District Together!

The SWMD Transformation team is excited to share our reflections from a busy, inspiring 2023. Read on to hear more about the variety of local stakeholders who provided their valuable insight on the project last year, how our team progressed in the areas of our five project pillars, and the various opportunities where we had […]

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The Right Way for a Right-of-Way: Harry Hines Corridor to Receive World-Class Green Space

A two-mile stretch of Harry Hines Boulevard in the Southwestern Medical District will become the new evidence-based design model of what a medical district can be – a reimagined, more holistic district that spurs good health, safety, calm, and a respite from stress. DALLAS, TX (August 8, 2023) – Imagine a visit to a clinic

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SWMD Streetscape and Park: Project Update, July 2023

Texas Monthly article featuring SWMD Streetscape & Park Transformation This Texas Heat Is Killing Us The SWMD Streetscape and Park project team was featured in a Texas Monthly article this month focused on projects in Dallas and San Antonio that are working to reduce the impacts of extreme heat. “The unique thing that we’re doing

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“Our very own Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Rose Jones presented at the recent 18th Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities, alongside Brandy Kelp, Senior Planner for the City of Fort Worth’s Transportation and Public Works Department and Jamie Gonzalez, MeD, Director at Houston Healthy Cities, with moderator, Dr. Kari Northeim, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health.

SWMD Transformation Streetscape and Park Transformation Project Update

Dr. Rose Jones presents at Health Disparities Conference Our very own Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Rose Jones presented at the recent 18th Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities, alongside Brandy Kelp, Senior Planner for the City of Fort Worth’s Transportation and Public Works Department and Jamie Gonzalez, MeD, Director at Houston Healthy Cities, with moderator, Dr.

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Southwestern Medical District Transformation: 2022 Year in Review

SWMD 2022 Year in Review The Intersection of Health and Nature Southwestern Medical District Green Spine and Park Project Rooted in the City of Dallas for more than a century, the Southwestern Medical District (SWMD) is a premier medical center surrounded by active communities. The Texas Trees Foundation is leading the effort to transform Harry

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Indigenous Biophilic Design & Equitable Access to Nature Planning

“Biophilia is humankind’s innate biological connection with nature. It helps explain why crackling fires and crashing waves captivate us; why a garden view can enhance our creativity; why shadows and heights instill fascination and fear; and why animal companionship and strolling through a park have restorative, healing effects,” (14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, Terrapin Bright

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) & Worldviews on Nature

The concept of how humans and non-humans define and ultimately engage with each other is under hot debate as new solutions for planetary health are sought. At core are fundamental differences in philosophical systems of belief. In contrast to Western precepts of nature where humans tend to be segregated and disconnected from nature, Native American

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Transforming Sustainably and Regeneratively

Texas Trees Foundation seeks to conserve, connect, restore, and enhance the urban ecosystem along the SWMD Streetscape Project so that people thrive in a healthier and more responsible environment where they work, live, and visit.  The 2016 Southwestern Medical District Urban Streetscape Master Plan outlined a framework for healthy systems, healthy people, and healthy environment

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Sustainability and Heath Care

Over the past few years, the medical community has rallied together to acknowledge that it has a vital role to play in addressing climate change. This effort grew out of the recognition that the health care  system is itself a major driver of environmental pollutants that adversely affect human health.1  There is growing consensus that

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