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When: Friday, March 8, 2013
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, March 8, 2013 - 1-2 PM ET
Space, Neighborhood and Community
Guests: Ross Chapin, Peter Block and Ron Smith

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Space: Neighborhood: Community + Health (Ron Smith, pdf)

Space and the ways it is designed impact the way we gather, work, play and interact. This is one of several calls that will explore how the built environment in our home, community and professional environments exert a profound and complex influence on our lives.

Ross Chapin is an architect who is the leader in defining and designing pocket neighborhoods. His work and his 2011 book Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World have inspired news stories in dozens of major U.S. newspapers, magazines and TV stations, and his projects have won numerous design awards, including the American Institute of Architects Housing Awards for 2005, 2007 and 2009. Chapin leads an architectural and planning firm near Seattle, WA, and has been a development partner on six pocket neighborhood projects. He believes scale and design impact the quality of our conversations, relationships, and our sense of community.

Peter Block is a pioneer of organizational development who founded a consulting firm with Tony Petrella, which was later joined by Marvin Weisbord. In 1980, Block started Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed to help staff people in organizations to have more influence and impact. In 1995, Block got involved with city government and city managers through conferences held by the Innovations Group based in Florida. This led to his interest in building community which has been his obsession ever since. The community work is now centered in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Block has been a citizen since 1998. He is engaged in developing a civic engagement network called A Small Group, plus a series of other projects working on building the capacity of this urban community to value its gifts and see its own possibility. Block is the author of eight books, including Flawless Consulting, The Empowered Manager, Stewardship, Freedom and Accountability(with Peter Koestenbaum), The Answer to How Is Yes, and Community: The Structure of Belongingand The Abundant community (with John McKnight).

Ron Smith, AIA, ACHA, EDAC is a Board Certified Healthcare Architect and past president of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, his work has received AIA Design Awards and been published in Healthcare Design Magazine. Ron is the author/editor of an on-line Therapeutic Environments resource page and he's been a co-investigator in research on the relationship between hospital design elements, and Patient/Staff perceptions of Quality of Care, Anxiety, Communication and Stress. He founded Design At The Intersection, LLC in 2011 to be a catalyst for more effective, value-based health care design. His interdisciplinary team works with health care organizations to explore innovation across 'silos', in response to a changing business environment. Read Ron's blog "at the intersection."

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