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making cities well
Denver’s pedestrian mall: inspiration for building healthy cities.

HEALTHY CHOICE

Can cities truly revolve around wellbeing? A Global Spa & Wellness Summit discussion explores the possibilities.

At the 6th annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit, which convened last June in Aspen, Colorado, Philippe Bourguignon, vice chairman of Revolution Places and CEO of Miraval Resort & Spa; John Kao, author of Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity; and Peter Rummell, chairman of the Urban Land Institute and former chairman of Disney Imagineering, gathered to present a thought provoking panel entitled “Imagining the Healthy Town of the Future.” We found the conversation engaging, inspiring, and at times controversial, as this dynamic trio explored the challenges of establishing cities commi ed to its residents’ wellbeing, the impermanence of architecture, and even the possibility of retiring the word spa. With this issue of Hospitality Design delving into the ascendant importance of wellness, we felt it was ing to share an edited transcript of this intriguing discussion.

Philippe Bourguignon: Back in the ies, [Charles] de Gaulle, when he was president of France, decided that he had to avoid land speculation and create signi cant land reserves for housing and o ce development called New Towns. And those are obviously, because it is the state, heavily regulated. So when we did this Euro Disney project, we built ultimately ten thousand housing units, two million square feet of retail, I don’t remember how many o ces, and the complexity was really to cope with the zoning regulations which the government was imposing on us, which was killing any sort of creativity. So that is where I am going to start today: a healthy town starts with no state telling you what to do. Peter Rummell: That is a good start. Let me tell you a quick story that will tell you how I got interested in this originally. I live in Jacksonville, Florida, and there is a large installation of the Mayo Clinic there, and the CEO and I became friends. About ten years ago, he told me the story about how they had taken Mayo Clinic completely paperless, before it was sort of the genre to do things like it is today. It wasn’t because they were trying to be more e cient or cut costs, it was because the Mayo Clinic had decided that twenty years from then, which is now eight years from now, they thought a very large percentage of healthcare was going to be delivered from the home. So, it seemed to me, as a real estate developer, if there was a way to be the rst one to do that and you could capture the Mayo brand to do it with, then that could really be something interesting. A li le time a er that, Philippe went to Revolution and invited me to come out to Miraval, and then we put the two together and the idea of the legitimacy of Mayo and the atmosphere of Miraval seemed to me to be the makings of what we were calling a healthy place or healthy town. The company I was running

at the time had a ve-mile piece of beach that we didn’t know what to do with, and we didn’t want to build another golf course or just a bigger beach club, so we thought the idea of doing something that was health-related was interesting and innovative and we spent some time working on it. It didn’t happen for a whole series of reasons, but it wasn’t because it wasn’t a good idea. The one thing I know about it, for sure, is it is not a physical issue, it is not a planning issue, it is not an architecture issue; it is a motive issue, it is a marketing issue, it is how you convince people that they should care about their health and not let them feel like they are sliding into a Stepford Wives kind of place where there is going to be granola at 7 a.m. and push-ups at 7:30 a.m. and it will invade your life.

John Kao: I think it comes back to the questions of ‘What is health, and health in relation to whom, and is health related to wellbeing?’ From my own work, looking around the world at what people are doing in the innovation and creativity space for societies, it is clear that some geographies, for instance Finland, is very much oriented. The national kind of mission statement around innovation is to create a wellbeing society through the use of technology. So this notion of a wellbeing or health-oriented place, as opposed to simply a hospital, facility, clinic, or spa, is out there, but it still begs the question of ‘What do you mean?’ My own sense of wellbeing is that it has something to do with ful llment of your potential, whether biologically, psychologically, professionally, or even spiritually, and I think that is why people have historically migrated towards cities. You are well aware that most of the human population, as recently as one hundred or a couple hundred years ago, lived outside of cities, and now the majority of the world’s population lives in cities, and that trend

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - December 2012

Hospitality Design - December 2012
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
Perspectives
Sketchbook
Sustainable Studio: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Sustainable Studio: Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown
Trends: Healthcare Design
Trends: Spas
Trends: Making Cities Well
Interview: Andrew Gibson
Interview: Claire Chiang
5 Questions for Ray Williams
Products
Profile: Suzanne Tick
Trends: Healthy
Spa
Bedding
Projects
Backstage Hotel Vernissage
Spa Tokione
Baystone Boutique Hotel & Spa
Bask Spa by Exhale
Hanarenoyado Yomogino Hot Spa
Ad Index
Back Space
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Intro
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Hospitality Design - December 2012
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Cover2
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Contents
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Online TOC
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 18
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 19
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - From the Editor
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 23
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - From the Show Director
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 25
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 27
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - People
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 32
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Perspectives
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 34
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Sketchbook
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 36
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Sustainable Studio: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 44
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 45
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 46
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Sustainable Studio: Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 48
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 49
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 50
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Trends: Healthcare Design
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 52
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 53
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 54
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 55
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 56
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Trends: Spas
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Trends: Making Cities Well
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Interview: Andrew Gibson
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 70
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 71
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 73
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 74
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Interview: Claire Chiang
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 76
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 77
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 5 Questions for Ray Williams
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 79
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 80
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Products
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 82
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Profile: Suzanne Tick
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 84
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Trends: Healthy
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 86
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Spa
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 88
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 89
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 90
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Bedding
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 92
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 95
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 96
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Projects
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Backstage Hotel Vernissage
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 99
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 100
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 101
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Spa Tokione
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 103
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 104
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 105
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Baystone Boutique Hotel & Spa
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 107
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 109
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 110
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 111
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Bask Spa by Exhale
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 113
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Hanarenoyado Yomogino Hot Spa
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 115
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 116
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 117
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Ad Index
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 119
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Back Space
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Cover3
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