Healthy + Healing Places Exhibition

The Healthy + Healing Places Exhibition takes place May 29-June 1, 2013 at the Westin Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.


Everyday our lives are influenced by our surroundings and the objects we encounter. This is never more true than when we are unhealthy or in need of healing. To highlight the power of good, smart and caring design work, EDRA will showcase elements or environments, built or proposed, that can be understood to actively promote health and healing through the 2013 Healthy + Healing Places Exhibition, curated by Anne Tate from the Rhode Island School of Design. These healthy + healing places could be anything from public spaces designed to encourage more active lifestyles, to redesigned therapeutic spaces, to objects of everyday use. EDRA is pleased to expand the opportunity to recognize excellence in design in this very special exhibition on display from May 29 – June 1, 2013 during EDRA’s 44th annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island.  A dedicated area for the exhibition will be designated at the conference venue with regular attendance hours posted.


EDRA has a long history of recognizing work that combines expertise in design, research, and practice and that contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places through its Great Places Awards program. At the 2013 EDRA conference, focused on Healthy + Healing Places, we have introduced this exhibition to the awards program with the goal of expanding our understanding of the power of design to improve our lives. Submissions in this category will be judged by a distinguished panel with expertise in design, healthcare and public health. Jurors include: Belinda Borrelli, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Nicotine and Tobacco at Brown Medical School & The Miriam Hospital; Elizabeth Hermann, Landscape Architect and Professor at RISD; Leftheris Pavlides, Professor at Roger Williams University; Tom Sieniewicz, partner at Chan Krieger NBBJ Boston; and Anne Tate, Professor of Architecture at RISD.


How to Submit

Individuals wishing to submit a project for EDRA’s Healthy + Healing Places Exhibition can do so independently or in conjunction with EDRA’s Great Places Awards program. To be considered for the Healthy + Healing Places Exhibition, applicants are required to submit a written statement of no more than 500 words answering the following questions:


1. How does this specific project contribute to the health or healing of individuals, communities, or the environment?
2. Describe the project, its physical and social context, the design process, and the outcome.
3. What research was useful in designing this project, would be pertinent in evaluating it, or would help future projects succeed?
4. What research and/or design process was employed that gave voice to people who inhabit the setting?


Applicants must submit a PDF file of no more than 10 MB in size containing images, drawings, and any pertinent supporting documentation, as well as the entry form found in the 2013 Great Places Call for Entries at Visual material should be compelling and self explanatory.  If a project is selected, the committee may request minor additional or reformatted documentation. The awards committee will provide instructions to winning projects how to reformat,  print, and mount on exhibition boards. The exhibition boards must arrive by May 22, 2013 in order to be included in the May 29 - June 1 exhibition at the Westin Providence Hotel.



Submission packages must be uploaded at by 8pm ET on Sunday, January 27, 2013.