The Art of Design for Creating a Healing Medical District
As part of the The Cultural Landscape Foundation Conference "Second Wave of Modernism IV: Making Space within Place," our feature session was "The Art of Design for Creating a Healing Medical District" which included a walking tour of the Southwestern Medical District and discussion of the district's design ideas!
Public spaces within Medical Districts can often be stressful, overwhelming, uninteresting and more utilitarian than nurturing or healing. This mobile workshop starts within the footprint of the Southwestern Medical District at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center to examine the new roof garden and the extensive private art collection curated by UT Southwestern Art Curator Courtney Crothers. Visitors will then be taken to see Parkland Hospital’s new healing garden and to examine how the Texas Trees Foundation is approaching the new Southwestern Medical District Urban Streetscape Design through a multisensory context -- bringing together science, technology, nature, and art with a strategic emphasis on human health using public spaces to bring them together.