Why We Love Purpose (and you should too!)

Purpose provides meaning to all that we do.  As a business, it helps us decide what to say “yes” to, and when to decline.  It distills our focus.  We’re indebted to our friends at On-Purpose Partners for opening our eyes to this powerful tool over a dozen years ago.  And when the purpose of the person is aligned with the purpose of the organization – that’s when the real magic begins! 

The Story and The Experience

The Dynamic Duo of Senior Living Design

I have written here on several occasions about the changes and trends that have long since blurred the lines between themed entertainment and commercial development.  Included in those thoughts was the belief that a visitor’s experience must be rooted in “the story.”  The story gives the project a reason for its existence and meaning, and every aspect of the project must be filtered through, and thoroughly tied to “the story.” 

Wellness: Complete Streets

In this series, Landscape Architect and Planner Brad Smith gathers current information from the fields of planning and design, and applies them to the realm of Senior Living.

What are Complete Streets?  According to Smart Growth America, they are streets for everyone (not just cars).  They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations. 

Wellness: Landscape Architecture & Agriculture

Much has been written about how the intersection of landscape architecture and agriculture.  Tal alon mozes published a piece in Landscape Journal exploring the relationship between the two in Israel – where, as the author states, “there seems to be an emerging need for nurturing these living landscapes as agri-culture and not solely as agri-business.”  Interesting concept:  designed landscapes reflecting the symbolic patterns of agricultural typologies which were so much a part of the emergence of the modern state of Israel. 

Wellness - Placemakers, Walkable & Green

Wellness Series for Senior Living

In this series, Landscape Architect and Planner Brad Smith gathers current information from the fields of planning and design, and applies them to the realm of Senior Living. 

Ken Benfield recently published this information-filled piece that has all sorts of application to senior living.  Here’s a quick summary: 

Making an Impression

I read a great article this morning on LinkedIn from Mika Salmi and it got me thinking.

Wellness: The Case for Healthy Places

Wellness Series for Senior Living

In this series, Landscape Architect and Planner Brad Smith gathers current information from the fields of planning and design, and applies them to the realm of Senior Living. 

A report produced by the Project for Public Places titled The Case for Healthy Places:  Improving Health Outcomes through Placemaking is chock-full of useful information.  Be sure to download the report; it contains a number of practical steps for taking action on each issue listed below.  You can see how these are so key in senior living:

Wellness: Activity-Friendly Community

Wellness Series for Senior Living

In this series, Landscape Architect and Planner Brad Smith gathers current information from the fields of planning and design, and applies them to the realm of Senior Living. 

I recently stumbled upon this tidbit from our friends at the Urban Land Institute (ULI), through  Chris Kochtitzky’s post on LinkedIN

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in an effort to make our communities better places to live, engaged a Task Force to develop strategies that help increase physical activity by creating or modifying environments to make it easier for people to walk or bike.  They studied evidence, and from that, developed a series of considerations for implementation.  

Will Vertical Farming Become the Future of Senior Living Food Services?

 I follow Sara Menker on LinkedIN.  She’s the founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence.  Today, I listened to a podcast on The Future of Farming, produced by the BBC’s Business Daily in which Sara weighed in.  My mind immediately went to much of what we’ve been pursuing together with our colleagues at Urban Smart Farms in Orlando.  Much of this can be applied to the realm of Senior Living Communities, where our expertise as landscape architects is applied as we focus on Exterior Design.  We see On-Site Food Production as a high-payoff, value-added component for our clients!

The Dirt on the Healing Power of Nature

Interview with Clare Cooper Marcus

The Healing Power of Nature and the “mind-body connection” date back to the Greeks, but are certainly relevant to the world of Senior Living today.  Beyond aesthetics and nice “green views” there is a wealth of research available today on the therapeutic and healing benefits of well-designed garden spaces.  These spaces are not only beneficial to the residents; staff members need outdoor access for lunch and breaks for stress reduction.

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