Trauma Informed Design: Designing for Dignity, Healing, and Joy! - Shared screen with speaker view
Benjamin, Denver, CO. Designing for healing
Amanda Markovic, GBBN PittsburghBlueprint for Better Pittsburgh Champion, Initiative: Designing for change
Amelie Rives, Virginia Community Capital (CDFI in Virginia) and MURP student at VCU. Looking forward to hearing about honoring dignity with housing.
Debra Young, Delaware, Owner of EmpowerAbility LLC, an occupational therapy consultancy specializing in the impact of the design of the environment on health; passionate about healthy housing and communities
Slides and recording will be provided after the event.
Are you all also familiar with the Rat Park
oof - Rat Park Research - http://www.stuartmcmillen.com/comic/rat-park/
PSH = Permanent Supportive Housing
Love this framework!
Is there a place to find the graphic from the last slide?
kells I screen shot it I can send it to you
There is a report that we will share the link to!
Are there funding sources that support Trauma Informed Design?
How do you prioritize these elements over others in a rising cost of construction market and limiting resources to build community development projects (exp. trade-offs include larger family units, parking, green features, PV-system)???
what sort of questions/discussions were prompted in the focus groups/surveys?
Thanks for starting the Q+A Christopher -- We will kick off with this question.
Please keep sharing questions everyone!
Chris Spelke, Senior Developer (Denver Housing Authority)…I really just like to pick on Chad ;)
Do you incorporate feng shui in trauma-informed design?
Are there any post occupancy studies to show how the framework has helped to alleviate the effects of toxic stress?
You mentioned collaborations at the beginning of the presentation. What professionals were a part of the participatory design process? Health professionals? There is a lot of synergy with occupational therapy—have you collaborated with occupational therapy professionals on trauma-informed design projects?
Here’s the ACEs TED Talk with Nadine Burke Harris:
Have you experimented with providing both opportunities for gathering and for solitude in your public/communal spaces?
I’m seriously wondering why Trauma informed design isn’t a fundamental standard for all Build Environments.
I appreciated Laura’s comments in the beginning about ACE’s and how trauma-informed design should be about how everything should be designed for healing and resiliency. This aligns with Universal/Inclusive Design as although the projects you discussed today were designed to meet the needs of persons who have been homeless, many of the features meet needs for all people. What are your thoughts on trauma-informed design as it relates to Universal/Inclusive Design?
so many great questions!! excited to get to our time for conversation soon
Yes @virginiamacdonald! I just saw your comment after I posted on Universal/Inclusive Design :)
We have started to integrate more into the Integrative Design section of Enterprise Green Communities. https://www.greencommunitiesonline.org/
Thanks Carrie- everyone should be enriched by their space
My professional career is in Residential Energy Auditing and Low-Income Weatherization (so focus on retrofitting/updating existing housing stock). The big front line of our industry right now is emerging data that shows that public health cost savings from improvement to indoor air quality vastly outweigh the SIRs for energy conservation alone. Weatherization programs in individual counties are starting to link-up with health-care providers, to do remodel work specifically to improve indoor air quality and improve respiratory health.
Many state housing agencies have incredibly prescriptive design standards for affordable housing that may limit personalized design, and therefore limit the opportunity to implement trauma-informed/healing-centered design. Have you encountered those limitations? And if so, how have you worked around it, or moved the agency away from limiting design standards?
Interested in understanding if and how residents of these buildings were engaged beginning with the pre-design phase?
if it hasn’t already been asked, what approaches have you taken to convince clients of the efficacy of biophilic design, or a climbing rock, when they play the “too costly” or “too much liability” as an excuse. we have heard clients say no to balconies in senior housing because it’s a safety hazard!
Our current work-around is a dedicated Rehab program, which is indented to repairs that would otherwise defer a specific home for qualifying for Weatherization under energy conservation SIR calculations.
Any tips/resources for trauma informed community engagement? Or any way to view the survey Jenny mentioned?
Kindness is more cost effective!
In regards to funding: I work for a non-proft healthcare system in California, specifically the Community Health Investment (Community Benefit) deparment. Homeless and housing is one of our top priorities and we fund/resource projects that address these issues. Finding a local CB/CHI might be a good strating point to secure funding
Kellsie, we’ll gladly share our questions (which follow a semi-structured interview protocol with lots of room to explore individual curiosities and tailor to specific groups/projects).
Have you, or do you plan to do, post occupancy study to determine the effectiveness and outcomes of the design on quality of life and other health factors?
In Whatcom County, our Rehab programs are still prescriptive and somewhat limited, but it is a potential structural pathway that could be expanded for a broader range of improvement projects.
Make sure Property Staff are Trauma Informed trained as well
Laura Rossbert, Shopworks
@Tim Koehler - great point! We talk about this as a three legged stool. Programs need to be trauma-informed, property management needs to be trauma-informed, and the building design needs to be trauma-informed!
That would be awesome! Thank you!
One last one from me (not as tough and more of a next step)…how can we support your incredible work and advance these proven measures into education/design program curriculum or recognized in tools that support new supportive housing projects (CHFA Tax Credit application, other funding Partners like Enterprise, etc.)?
@ Tim Koehler-We have partnered with one of our largest affordable housing builders in our county to be trained on TIC practices. Despite it being a new initiative, we are already hearing positive feedback from the staff.
Most of this presentation is focused on urban new construction, which is great. But the focus of my specific industry and work is in the existing built environment, both urban and rural. My career is in first-person observations of the conditions of existing built environment, and I’ve observed first-hand the negative impacts of existing housing stock on resident’s health and wellbeing. My biggest question right now is, give this newly energy data about the fundamental benefits of Trauma Informed Design, WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT EXISTING BADLY DESIGNED BUILDINGS???
Thank you all for this great presentation!!!
Thank you everyone!
grateful for this presentation thank you!!