WEEKLY UPDATE VIDEO:
AUGUST 15TH STEERING COMMITTEE PRESENTATION:
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A HAIKU CHALLENGE FROM DR. SANCHEZ:
At the close of our last Steering Committee meeting, Eduardo sent us off with a Haiku. Perfect and spot on.
We want healthy kids
By us working on asthma
Real change can happen
He has challenged all Steering Committee members to write a Haiku that captures the essence of our mission or an element of our concern. As a refresher, here’s some information about how to write a Haiku…
Haiku are short poems that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets, and the form was adapted to English and other languages by poets in other countries.
Japanese Haiku traditionally consist of 17 on, or sounds, divided into three phrases: 5 sounds, 7 sounds, and 5 sounds. English poets interpreted on as syllables. Haiku poetry has evolved over time, and most poets no longer adhere to this structure, in either Japanese or English; modern Haiku may have more than 17 sounds or as few as one.
I look forward to publishing yours in the NEAR future!
This Week’s Featured Organization and Steering Committee Member:
Brent A. Brown, AIA
416 South Ervay
Dallas, Texas 75201
Brent A. Brown, AIA, is a Dallas architect working daily to balance social, economic, and environmental issues by deploying design to enhance livability for all Dallas’ residents. Through his efforts Dallas is re-visioning how it lives, works and plays. In 2005, Mr. Brown founded the buildingcommunity WORKSHOP (bcWORKSHOP), a local non-profit community design resource seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. He is also the Founding Director of the City of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio stewarding the urban design vision for the city. By engaging residents, landowners, business owners, investors and community stakeholders, Brent deploys a community-led planning method building shared vision for the city’s future. Winner of numerous local and national design awards, he is especially proud to be the 2011 recipient of the Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence in Humanities for his sensitive work in reconciling and balancing future growth with the interests of existing communities.
Mr. Brown’s approach to improving livability includes utilizing renewable energy and physical form to improve human health in communities. In 2010, Brent represented the southwest region as part of the President’s Forum on Clean Energy and Public Health at the White House and is an active member of the US Green Building Council. In 2013, Mr. Brown joined the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam in The Netherlands and recently joined The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children as a member of its Steering Committee.
Brent is a strong advocate for Public Design earning his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A & M University. Since 2010, he has been a guest lecturer of the Public Interest Design Institute at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and served is an advisor to the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize focusing on Public Interest Practice.
Brent resides with his family in the century old Munger Place Neighborhood in Old East Dallas.
Michael H. Samuelson
Interim Executive Director, The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children