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Environment by Design | May 2017
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Environment by Design – May 2017

Vol 41, No 3 (2017)

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Don't Forget to Register for EDRA48 Conference!

EDRA48Madison – Voices of Place: Empower, Engage, Energize – invites socially motivated design professionals and researchers to come together with a shared belief in creating environments that matter to people and where people matter.

Register Today!

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Be a Sponsor at EDRA48 Madison!

Join us as we kick off the EDRA48Madison Annual Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, May 31-June 3, 2017 at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. This is a "must attend" event dedicated to environmental professionals. This Annual Conference will feature one-of-a-kind networking and educational sessions to help you get the most out of your conference experience.

Sponsor Today!

Help Madison Engage at EDRA48!

Participate in Community-Engaged Planning in our Host City
Pre-conference Intensive (Wednesday, May 31, 9:15am-5:30pm. Breakfast offered!)

Madison has been named one of the "top five livable cities" in the U.S. However, Madison is not equally "livable" for all members of the community, and suffers from dramatic outcome disparities among different community groups. Madison is also undergoing an evolution in development and economic dynamics. This all-day intensive workshop directs multidisciplinary teams of participants to contribute ideas and vision to Madison's future planning and design. Special attention in this process will be given to community inequities, meeting universal basic needs, "livability," culture, and common spaces.

Attendees will hear from community members, local officials, and scholars about an array of contextual elements impacting Madison's design future and "livability" for all. Activities will include a visit to one of two Madison sites identified by the Madison City Planning Department as appropriate for community-engaged planning and development in the near future: Madison’s east side Darbo neighborhood and South Madison. Both are areas of Madison where access to resources and quality of life is more challenging than in other parts of the community. After visiting sites, attendees will participate in multidisciplinary round-table mini-charrette exercises among EDRA participants and community-engaged planning principals to develop proposals for sites visited. Finally, participants will identify suggested priorities and constituencies to engage for next phases of planning and design.

Architecture — Kids Play!

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Designing for kids is certainly not child’s play. Whilst the design process is undertaken by adults, the end users are often children. Such is the case in kindergarten, schools, and parks. Architects have a responsibility, therefore, to ensure that the built environment offers children the chance to play, explore, and learn in physical space, even in a digital age. With that in mind, here are 18 cool spaces designed especially for children — environments which may perhaps inspire the Fosters, Hadids, and Le Corbusiers of tomorrow. View more here.

The Art of Emergency Department Design

By Jerry Switzer, AIA, NCARB, ACHA, and Dale Taglienti, LEED AP Partners E4H Environments for Health Architecture

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EDs around the country are under a lot of pressure to take care of increasing volumes while reducing the time in the ED. The goal for many EDs is to reduce the interval from the time a patient enters to being seen by a provider to 10 minutes. Read more here.

Come to Monona Terrace in Madison this Spring

Jani Imageby Vibhavari Jani
Associate Professor
Kansas State University

This semester, I am teaching at Kansas State University’s Italy campus in Orvieto. This program provides a great opportunity for our students to understand Italian people and their diverse cultures and traditions, explore Italian architecture, see great historic buildings that they only saw on screens in their history classes, visit wonderful museums and trade shows like Salone del Mobile in Milan, meet Italian historians, philosophers, architects, designers and artists, and take various workshops from local artisans. To enhance our students’ knowledge about Italian architecture and design history, and especially sustainable architecture and design practices, I created a guest lecture series here this semester and invited Italian architects, designers, philosophers, educators and other professionals who can share their knowledge and experiences with our students. One of the speakers I invited was an EDRA member — Professor Carlotta Fontana, from Politechnico di Milano.

Read this blog and others here.

Call for Presentations (CFP)

2017 Annual Conference of
Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS)
October 5-7, 2017

"Use Sociology"

Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2017

Open to academics, policy, program and project leaders, business, health care and government professionals who use sociology, the meeting will be a point of mutual learning and growth among practitioners in the field and professionals challenged with building systems for human improvement. Other disciplines are welcome to share their strategies, projects, policies and programs for improving the human condition. This is a chance to move beyond the "Sociological Imagination" to "Sociological Creativity." Not just "papers," conference organizers seek innovation and creativity in content and presentation form. Poster submissions are welcomed that highlight research, applied student projects, information about community-based resources and activities, and more. AACS has a reputation as a student-friendly conference for both undergraduates and graduate students, featuring student problem solving and paper competitions.

Professional development pre-conference (Thursday afternoon) workshops will be included in the conference registration fee.

For more information, visit and explore the Conferences tab.

If accepted, you must be registered for the conference by August 15, 2017, to be included in the program.

Cleveland Airport Marriott
4277 West 150th St., Cleveland, OH 44135
(216) 252-5333
Special room rate at $114/night. Reserve here

Presenters may submit their presentations to Journal of Applied Social Science, the AACS official, peer-refereed journal, for publication.

Please direct all program inquiries and submissions to 2017 Vice President and Program Chair Newman Wong at


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