Tickle Creative Brings Biophilic Design to Judges Square

Ameri’ca and Jason Tickle

Ameri’ca and Jason Tickle

Judges Square, the initial project of Ameri’ca and Jason Tickle of Tickle Creative, seeks to integrate nature into the built environment. Construction has begun on the Daphne property that was once home to the iconic Judge Roy Bean, and concepts of biophilia (E.O. Wilson’s term for the need to connect people to nature for their well-being and happiness) and new urbanism are inspiring the design.

While mixed-use buildings with residential flats and unique-to-market shops and eateries are part of the plan, much of the nearly two-acre property will be used for village-green style outdoor spaces. Nationally lauded for his environmentally-sensitive projects, Campion Hruby landscape architect Kevin Campion plans for more than 125 trees to accompany native plants and water features that create natural habitats alongside pathways and sidewalks connecting Montrose and Daphne.

“Although we live in a highly connected and integrated world, it is easy to feel disconnected from both each other and from the natural world that surrounds us. Our vision for Judges Square is a place for community to come together,” says Jason. “A recent news story recounted a trend where doctors are prescribing vitamin-N—meaning nature—to treat anxiety issues. The movement to restore vitamin N to our built environment is a major influence on the design team behind Judges Square. We’re investing in the future of this community, investing in our children and the vitality of their environment for years to come.”

For more information, visit JudgesSquare.com.

A Clean Ocean in the Bag

The It’s in the Bag community cleanup campaign is seeking the commitment of locals on the Gulf Coast to keep communities and waterways clean. According to Keep America Beautiful, litter cleanup costs in the U.S. are $11,500,000,000 each year.

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“We want people to join us in picking up the trash we’re stepping over,” says BJ Smith, of the Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust (ACHT) and founder of the It’s in the Bag campaign. “Be happy and join people around the world who know that picking up trash is the fun, easy and popular thing to do.”

The campaign encourages teams of volunteers to design a unique and local cleanup program. Reusable bags to gather litter are available with a donation to ACHT or teams can use their own. To start a dialogue while tracking and celebrating progress, participants are encouraged to post what litter they’re finding and where they’re finding it.

“We want to hear stories of the weirdest trash and weirdest locations, plus, how you’re talking to others as you pick up trash,” Smith says. “Remember, there is no amount too small because truly every piece makes a difference.”

For more information call 251-455-1859, email Shorecombers@bellsouth.net or visit Shorecombers.org/acht-alabama-usa.