Health, Well-being, and Community: The Role of Privately Owned Third Places


2022-09-09T13:00:00 - 2022-09-09T14:00:00

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    Privately owned third places, places beyond homes and workplaces such as stores and restaurants, have the power to provide opportunities to local residents, foster community connections, be a common ground for civic discussion, and become economic drivers—all of which directly and indirectly contribute to the physical, mental, and social health and well-being of community members and visitors.

    Together: Strategies for Promoting Health and Community in Privately Owned Third Places, supported by the Bucksbaum Family Foundation, outlines opportunities and strategies that can be adopted by developers, property owners and managers, business owners, and design teams alike to create commercial environments that are inclusive and responsive, promote health and community well-being, and are economically successful.

    Join this expert discussion sharing successful projects that have adopted strategies outlined in the report and further explore the role privately owned third places play in advocating for and ensuring the health and well-being of individuals and communities with our speakers John Bucksbaum, Erin Peavey, and more.



    John Bucksbaum

    CEO, Bucksbaum Properties, LLC

    The Together report was made possible by the vision and commitment of long-time ULI leader and donor John Bucksbaum. John is a current member of the Charles Fraser Giving Society and the Commercial and Retail Development Council, Silver Flight Product Council. Founder of Bucksbaum Properties, LLC. Bucksbaum previously served as chairman and CEO of General Growth Properties, Inc., a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which had ownership and management interest in over 200 regional and super regional shopping malls in 44 states. The company portfolio totaled approximately 200 million square feet of space. Professional affiliations include: past worldwide Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of ICSC; past Chairman of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School; Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In addition Bucksbaum serves on the boards of the University of Chicago Hospitals, The Field Museum, the Chicago Sports Commission, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, USA Cycling, the Paralympics Advisory Committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Young Presidents Organization and the Advisory Board of the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.


    Erin Peavey

    VP, HKS

    Erin is a passionate advocate for the power of place to connect, heal, and serve vulnerable populations. She is an architect and design researcher and podcast host of Shared Space. In her leadership role at HKS, she helps integrate research and practice to advance the creation and communication of knowledge across the firm. Erin served as Adjunct Faculty at New York School of Interior Design and The Pratt Institute. She is an industry scholar at Cornell's Institute for Healthy Futures, an advisor for the WELL Building Standard, and served on the board of trustees for the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation for nearly a decade, and the research chair for much of her tenure. Erin is a widely sought-after speaker, author and mentor. Erin has been recognized as a Top Young Professional by Engineering News Record, a Rising Star by Healthcare Design Magazine, and as Healthcare Design's Best Under 40 by the Academy of Architecture for Health. Her work on design's role in combating loneliness has been featured by Psychology Today, SXSW, ARCHITECT, Curbed, KERA (NPR), and many others. Her podcast, Shared Space, explores how our physical spaces can help us live healthier, happier, and more connected lives. Outside of work, Erin is an avid NPR listener, swimmer, and gardener, who enjoys time at local hangouts in her East Dallas neighborhood with her husband and young daughter.


    Jasmine Little

    Experience Design, Culdesac™

    Jasmine designs the experience of living at Culdesac, from digital product to mobility, and implements the details of how the built environment operates. A lover of cities and urbanism, she works to create walkable neighborhoods built for people's needs.


    Julia Katz

    Commercial Developer, Mercy Housing California

    Julia supports healthy, equitable neighborhoods and envisions opportunities for positive change. She leads Mercy Housing California’s Commercial Development program, where she helps bring small businesses and nonprofit organizations into the ground floor of affordable housing communities. At Mercy, Julia strives to create positive connections for residential and commercial tenants through wealth-building opportunities, community-driven processes, and increased access to affordable resources. She is committed to racial and gender equity during the planning and implementation phases of each commercial development project. Prior to her role at Mercy, Julia worked on initiatives in affordable housing policy, active transportation and tactical urbanism, food systems, and community engagement. Julia participated in Cohort 1 of ULI’s Health Leaders Network and has a background in public health and urban planning.