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Conscious Cities Festival 2019
Pratt Brooklyn
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Urban Design For Mental Health

Mental health is now being recognised as a powerful determinant of wellbeing across all sectors. In the context of an ever urbanising society, the rise of loneliness, depression, time-poverty, and stress are indicators that our cities must take a pro-active role in supporting our psychological, emotional, and social needs.  

Day 4 of the festival will focus on how to create the conditions for mental health to become a priority in how we design our streets and buildings. 

Workshop

Designers, community planners and organizers, advocates and activists, decision- and policy-makers, and behavioral scientists will present forward-thinking approaches to share knowledge and problem-solve in this festival workshop.

Workshop goals

  • Create a dialogue between researchers, practitioners, community planners and decision-makers reaching practical applications for impact-driven design.
  • Establish a Community of Practice focused on each festival thematic which activates and sets up engagement into the future.
  • Create outputs from each session that can act as both a resource and a catalyst for action within city agencies.

We will be joined by representatives of New York’s City Hall and other city agencies interested in the latest innovation in planning and engagement with local communities.

Questions & Answers

Speakers

Sally Augustin

Sally Augustin

Design With Science

Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-based insights to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and services that support desired cognitive, emotional, and physical outcomes/experiences. Her clients include design firms, manufacturers, and service providers worldwide.

Dr. Augustin, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, holds leadership positions in professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the Environmental Design Research Association.  She is the author of Designology (2019), Place Advantage:  Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (Wiley, 2009) and, with Cindy Coleman, The Designer’s Guide to Doing Research: Applying Knowledge to Inform Design (Wiley, 2012).

Kishor Malavade

Kishor Malavade

Department of Population Health, Maimonides Medical Center

Kishor Malavade, M.D. is currently the Vice Chair and Deputy Medical Director of the Department of Population Health at Maimonides Medical Center.  In his current role, he helps lead an integrated health network in Brooklyn, NY that is part of a federal waiver program designed to transform the public health care system in the state of New York.

He was previously the Vice Chair in Psychiatry at Maimonides.  He was Chief Medical Officer for a Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to Maimonides in 2012 that developed a model to coordinate care for individuals with serious mental illness through community-based care management.  He completed his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College, and his residency training in psychiatry and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.  He was the Director of Bellevue’s Psychiatric Emergency Services before joining Maimonides in 2010.

Stefano Andreani

Stefano Andreani

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Stefano Andreani is a licensed architectural engineer and educator interested in innovative and transformative design research methods for the understanding and design of human-centered built environments. Andreani is a Lecturer in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design teaching courses on responsive environments, user-centered design, and quantitative urban experiences. Pursuing his research at the intersection of innovation-driven architecture and digitally-informed urban design, Andreani is also a Research Associate at the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab (REAL) at Harvard GSD. 

Theresa Cassano

Theresa Cassano

Supportive Housing Loan Program, New York City Housing Preservation and Development

Theresa Cassano is the Director of the Supportive Housing Loan Program at New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), where she coordinates low-interest loan financing to support the development of approximately 900 units of permanent supportive housing each year.

Theresa began her career at HPD as an Urban Fellow and project manager, and then worked at HR&A Advisors as a senior analyst. In this role, she worked with private and public sector clients to evaluate feasibility of affordable housing opportunities across the country. After returning to HPD in 2016, she has been actively involved in the launch of the NYC 15/15 service and rental assistance programs as well as continued to support the new construction and preservation of supportive housing in all five boroughs.

Steve Coe

Steve Coe

Consultant

During his 40-year career at Community Access (CA) in New York City, Steve was committed to improving health outcomes and advancing the rights of people with mental illness. CA pioneered an integrated supportive housing model that blends affordable units for families and units for formerly homeless people recovering from mental illness, and now has a pipeline of 2,000 units in 25 developments. Steve was honored by the National Council for Behavioral Health in 2016 for his CIT advocacy. 

Steve retired as CEO of Community Access in June 2019 and is now supporting a range of mental health housing and advocacy initiatives throughout the U.S. and abroad.  An avid proponent of human-centered design, Steve hopes to assist agencies and governments plan and implement social initiatives that are truly informed by user needs. 

Josh Langham

Josh Langham

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Josh Langham is the Assistant Director of the Active Design program in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). His work focuses on increasing opportunities for physical activity and overall health through the design of the built environment. Josh’s multi-agency and cross-disciplinary projects and programs aim to implement Active Design strategies in citywide policies and initiatives. He has a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

Laura Hollod

Laura Hollod

Independent consultant

Laura Hollod is an independent consultant who partners with social-minded organizations to help them clarify and measure their social impact. Laura has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University, and began her career focused on evaluating public health programs with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Laura then joined Johnson & Johnson’s corporate social responsibility-focused Global Community Impact team, providing measurement, evaluation and learning support to its portfolio of grantmaking, impact investing, employee engagement, and social innovation.

Nélida Quintero

Nélida Quintero

Environmental Psychologist and Architect

Nélida Quintero, Ph.D. is an environmental psychologist and licensed architect based in New York.  She is an American Psychological Association NGO Representative at the United Nations, member of the NGO Committee on Ageing/NY Executive Committee and the Habitat Civil Society Working Group as well as Fellow of The Center for Urban Design and Mental Health.

She has taught at various academic institutions including Hunter College, Parsons School of Design (Certificate Program), and as Assistant-in-Instruction at Princeton University, and is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her research interests are broadly focused on the interactions between people, behavior and the physical environment, in particular in relationship to health, well-being, culture, new media and gender. She was co-chair of Psychology Day at the United Nations in 2019 and of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons in 2016.

Chen Avni

Chen Avni

Venn

Chen is a Co Founder & CXO of Venn, a startup that creates a new way of urban neighboring by managing homes, creating shared spaces, supporting hyperlocal business initiatives and services, supporting resident-led events, and facilitating community engagement – all on a neighborhood-wide level. Founded in 2016 by people raised in the Big City and in cooperative communities, venn is a new movement of neighboring that impacts tens of thousands of people in three cities (Brooklyn, Berlin, and Tel Aviv) via 50 employees and a $40 million funding investment led by Pitango Venture Capital, Hamilton Lane, on behalf of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, and Bridges Israel.

Elena Madison

Elena Madison

Project for Public Spaces

Elena Madison is an urban planner with rich experience in the planning and design of parks, plazas, campuses, and the public spaces of civic and cultural institutions. A veteran of Placemaking, Elena has a passion for working with people in communities to create the places they love. She is a dedicated practitioner of collaborative work in all aspects of placemaking from visioning, concept development and design, to programming, place management and implementation. 

Elena has directed many exciting projects in places where Project for Public Spaces has had a big impact such as Houston, Detroit, Atlanta, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City. She heads the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grant program at PPS, now entering its seventh year with close to 20 implemented projects across the United States. In addition, she is spearheading new pilot placemaking grant programs with the MassMutual Foundation in Springfield, MA, and the William Davidson Foundation in Detroit. Elena is also leading PPS’ place management initiative helping communities manage their public spaces to create inclusive, intentional, livable and connected social environments. Social inclusion of vulnerable and underserved groups in public space is a particular focus of her efforts.

Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones

Studio Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones was educated at the University of Liverpool, the Ecole Speciale de Architecture, Lyon and at the Edinburgh College of Art where she was the Ewart Scholar for 1989/90 at the University of Kansas. 

She founded her namesake architecture and research studio in 2014 having worked for Richard Rogers Partnership, OMA, Universal Design Studio and Terence Conran. She runs the Interior Futures Platform at the Royal College of Art and has held teaching positions at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Architectural Association. Projects include the Dairy Art Centre for founders and collectors Cohen and Frahm, the London headquarters for service design agency Fjord and an urban research piece exhibited during the Venice Biennale in 2018.  She recently co-founded the Rough Paper Salon with Dr Gian Luca Amadei to create an informal review space for practitioners and academics from the arts and the built environment.