I recently attended an event at UCLA, honoring the great Quincy Jones with the school’s 7th annual Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) award. The award recognized his work as instrumental in promoting the health and well-being of both the student population and of humanity in general. Mr. Jones was selected, not just because of the impact his music has had on the lives of so many, but also because his work tied into a student’s senior project that facilitated the donations and placement of about a half dozen pianos around the campus. The pianos are available for any and everyone to play. There are three main reasons you are reading about this in LASN. The first is that the student, Jeremy Barrett is the drummer in an up-and-coming band called the Bash Dogs, of which my son, Nathan Schmok, is the bass player.
The second reason is found in the words of UCLA’s Associate Vice Provost for the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center, Dr. Wendelin Slusser, MD, MS, FAAP, who presented the award and provided the insight that, “Music is now heard throughout the campus,” providing both a calming effect on the student population and a sense of community. Music can be a powerful tool in the education and development of a growing mind, whether that be in the womb (check out Baby Mozart on Google), an elementary school (see page 60) or on a college campus.
The third reason is that, if not for the Bash Dogs, I and possibly you wouldn’t have been exposed to the principles of UCLA’s HCI, and since, according to LASN’s 2018 Annual Survey (the 2019 survey will be conducted in August), nearly 40% of Landscape Architects have worked on a school/campus project over the past two years, the UCLA HCI is something you should be aware of. Enhancing bike paths and walking trails, slowing traffic (which reduces accident related injuries) and incorporating music and community into the campus are all a part of UCLA’s HCI, but it definitely goes beyond these things, almost all of which can help you design a better campus, park or downtown development.
Here is a link you should follow: https://healthy.ucla.edu/#pods
And keep your eye out for the Bash Dogs . . . You never know what kids these days are capable of . . .
As seen in LASN June 2019