How Urban Design Affects the Health of our People and our Land

by Calley O’Neill

ImageWhat an unexpectedly upbeat TED talk by Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City!  What starts out to be a specific talk on a progressive idea for a community to lose a million pounds, turns out to be a brilliant look at how design profoundly, and all too often negatively, affects human health, happiness and well being.

Noting that Oklahoma City, and so many other cities, towns and suburbs are designed for cars, not people, here’s a city that is actually doing a lot about it.  What an inspirational talk –  what great and sound ideas.  Take this one to your city or county counsel and start a design and mind revolution in your town.

This is how we take back our future, work with nature, bring back nature and take back the roads.

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About The Rama Exhibition

Calley O’Neill is a highly respected artist, muralist, visionary designer and social ecologist from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Journalists have described her art, which spans four decades, as ethno-visionary, dynamic, symbolic and breathtaking. Calley finds her expression through classical glaze painting in mixed media works, public murals, stained glass and mosaic. Her landmark Healing Gardens of Makahikilua master plan for North Hawai’i Community Hospital in Kamuela received national recognition among top landscape architects in the field of therapeutic garden design. A great team player, Calley’s input raises the bar and sparks innovation toward healing the Earth and its inhabitants. Journalists have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘a life giving force’ and ‘a force of nature.’ Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her magnum opus is Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones, and she continually works on the exhibition paintings in her Waimea studio and her plein air pop-up studio and tree gallery at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where she is the Artist in Residence. Her paintings are both visual prayers and wake-up calls. Calley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude from Pratt Institute, New York (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (1977).
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