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BY DESIGN, THE INTEGRATION OF NATURE PERMEATES THE EXPERIENCE, FROM
BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH
SEVEN INTERIOR COURTYARDS, A 3.5 ACRE INTERACTIVE HEALING GARDEN FOR
PATIENTS, PLANT SPECIES THAT REPRESENT THE DIVERSE ECOLOGICAL ZONES
FROM WHICH THE YOUNG PATIENTS COME FROM AND ACCESS TO VIEWS OF
NATURE FROM ALMOST EVERYWHERE WITHIN THE HOSPITAL.
health should be as foundational as any other consideration, if not
more.
SWP: Is there something that stands out for you in your work in
this regard?
GV: An unexpected focus of my work over the last 15 years has
been working with the health care sector. This has provided the
perfect context to gaining a clearer sense of the many dimensions
of how the built environment impacts human health. Furthermore,
the health care sector's mission is about health and healing. We
need to understand that the root causes of our adverse health challenges can only be addressed by considering the larger context of
the built environment. Hospitals are a great place to start, but we
need to look at the broader environment, at materials, where and
how we design, build and operate buildings in order to generate
health promoting environments.
SWP: You contributed to the design of the new Dell Children's Medi-

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