The annual event put on by the AIA Health and Wellness committee showcases projects, products, and conceptual designs that embrace healthy design, and benefit the lives of inhabitants, surrounding communities, and beyond. The event provides an opportunity for architects, landscape architects, and engineers to share their designs with peers while learning about project solutions from others.
The theme of the 5th Annual Showcase was:
“Cities and communities that foster healthy living, mental well-being and social connectedness don’t just happen. It takes forward-thinking and innovative designers to create spaces that elevate a community’s way of life. And those spaces are brought to life by a diversity of professionals..”
As a project architect and designer, I presented CannonDesign’s Restorative Care Village (RCV). Located in Los Angeles County, the project is the nation’s first well-being campus for people with unstable living conditions, taking a new approach to the complex needs of homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, job training/housing, and medical co-morbidity. The presentation focused on the project’s unique program, political drivers, design process, and the opportunity for lessons learned that can be applied across the country.
Although the project is based on the West Coast, the hope is that the project can start a discussion on similar issues in Baltimore City. It’s difficult to say an exact number, but almost 3,000 people were homeless in Baltimore on a given night in 2017, and recent numbers have indicated that this number has almost doubled – with a large portion of this number being veterans.
How can our work inspire similar social projects in Baltimore and similar cities?
Above is the LAC RCV board on display at the showcase. Attached to this post are project slides used during the presentation.
The LAC USC Restorative Care project has recently been featured in several publications:
CannonDesign’s Sheppard Pratt Behavioral Health Hospital boards presented by Landscape Architect Mahan Rykiel and MEP consultant Leach Wallace.
CannonDesign is leading the planning and design of the new 85-bed, 156,000-sf hospital on the Sheppard Pratt campus that emphasizes exposure to nature as part of the healing process. This building is the first to be built on Sheppard Pratt’s Behavioral Health Elkridge Campus, serving community members from young people through seniors needing mental health and addiction services. Sheppard Pratt is a leading mental health provider, consistently ranking within the Top 10 in the country by US News and World Report.