Contemporary planning may often require landscape architects to engage diverse and underrepresented communities during the design process to build consensus and positive change. Communities that are under-resourced or politically marginalized have long struggled to have a seat at the table for planning and development projects in their neighborhood. Design teams may face challenges in building trust and creating productive working relationships across real and perceived divides between community residents, local government, and community partners. This session will offer designers a menu of tools to develop trust between non-traditional partners, deepen historical and cultural understanding, and elevate community voices resulting in a richer, more robust and meaningful design outcome.
Select from a menu of tools to effectively engage underrepresented communities.
Elevate community voices in the design process and outcome.
Identify community priorities for cultural and historical themes to deepen the design outcome.
One of the biggest hurdles faced by communities recovering from a flood is that the community itself needs to come together, become more involved and develop new partnerships to move forward with recovery. As landscape architects who work for government agencies on behalf of a community to restore devastated amenities and facilities, we see how quickly plans with the best intentions can be derailed solely based on the process used to develop them.
Many plans need to be driven by the engineer or Town in order to meet funding, permitting and requirements. With a community driven project, the people themselves set the priorities and endorse action as it moves forward over the years of reconstruction and recovery. This presentation centers on how true collaboration between landscape architects and engineers can provide a better outcome that balances the social needs of a community with the technical needs of a floodplain.
Understand the value of landscape architecture in flood recovery.
Understand the importance of community input during the planning process.
Understand how to develop and leverage partnerships to increase community support.
For the past 14 years, Ilisa Goldman has specialized in creating neighborhood public spaces and dynamic outdoor learning environments for children of all ages to play, learn, and develop a relationship with the natural world. Using a strategic design process, Goldman works directly with youth in underserved communities to transform neglected spaces into thriving neighborhood gathering places. These important projects help to improve the quality of life for youth and their communities in San Diego through art-based, place-making projects. Learn how community organizations, landscape architects, artists, and public agencies join together to transform underutilized and blighted areas into inspiring public places that improve livability, health, and safety.
Learn how cross sector collaboration can transform neglected spaces into thriving neighborhood gathering places.
Gain insight into the methodology used to engage communities and their youth in creative place making.
Examine strategies of creative place making as a way to build community strength and capacity.
Understand the importance of and challenges in community place making projects.
Nature plays a critical role in child development and our emotional and psychological well-being. It is essential that professionals focus their attention on infusing nature back into children's everyday free play environments to create healthier, happier childhoods. This webinar will provide research-based solutions to reconnect children and families with the natural world through compelling case examples that attract users, promote physical activity, and demonstrate strategies to capture the culture, heritage, and dreams of communities.
Summarize two intentional design strategies to engage children with nature in their local communities.
Describe the research-based benefits of naturalized playgrounds and playful pathways.
List strategies for promoting environmental literacy and connecting to a community’s unique heritage.
Managing vacant land has become an issue for older cities, while community gardening, urban agriculture, and DIY open spaces have become increasingly popular. Review what Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Cleveland are doing to remove barriers to allow individuals and communities to have a stake in activating vacant land.
Participants will understand the scale and challenges that large cities face in dealing with vacant land.
Participants will understand policy recommendations that will help cities improve access to vacant land for community members and groups.
Participants will understand how cities have created tools for community members to improve access to vacant land.
Participants will understand how design of vacant land projects can improve their communities and fight blight.
Since its inception in 1997, Floor Associates’ work has sought to integrate a contemporary design approach with the timeless beauty and ecology of the desert Southwest. Through case study examples of their work, this wife and husband team will discuss the firm’s highly collaborative, interdisciplinary design approach to urban, healing, learning and playing environments and how they continue to refine their new, yet authentic, “Desert School” design vernacular.
Understand how landscape architects play a strong role in positioning a project within the community creating the ‘third place”
Examine how landscapes can inform and transform visitor perspectives through demonstration and interpretation
Understand how collaboration within an interdisciplinary team that combined with community input leads to projects that exceed social and economic goals.
Understand key design strategies for successful design within an arid environment
The debate roars on in cities across the country: Is the work of landscape architects in urban communities “revitalization” or “gentrification”? This panel discussion examines the relationship of landscape architecture and gentrification and considers how we can improve communities without displacing the very people we are working to help.
Understand the causes of gentrification.
Learn about the current arguments for and against gentrification.
Understand how the work of landscape architecture impacts gentrification.
Learn how landscape architects can work to avoid involuntary displacement of the communities for whom we design.
The presentation will focus on case studies including Boeddeker Park to illustrate how community engagement and partnerships in the design, operation and stewardship of a park are critical to achieving a truly sustainable design. Before the rebuild, Boeddeker Park was an unsafe and underutilized park in San Francisco’s poorest, most dense and diverse neighborhood. Trust for Public Land, San Francisco Recreation and Parks together with city officials, partners, and community groups completed the renovation of this 1-acre park. The transformation of Boeddeker Park was one of the first Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) projects to achieve certification, and also created Tenderloin’s signature open space that serves 50,000 people who live within a 10-minute walk. These project types can become game changers for a neighborhood by providing multiple benefits to the community well beyond the open space.
Discuss the process for community engagement and public-private partnerships in the entire lifecycle of a project – from project scoping and concept design through operations and stewardship after project completion.
Discuss the benefits and challenges of having many partners involved in the planning, design and funding of a public project.
Discuss success and challenges for implementation of sustainable design features.
Retrofitting Suburbia has started a national trend, and many of our communities are initiating planning and rezoning efforts to apply these principles, but without taking into account the nature and scale of the application. This session explores realistic solutions for improving smaller-scale suburbs while demonstrating common mistakes to avoid.
Through examples of "sprawl repair" and the "suburban retrofit," understand the importance of scale and context.
Understand how Retrofitting Suburbia is being grossly misapplied throughout smaller communities, as well as the importance of regional perspective.
Explore a range of case studies demonstrating gaps in the tool kit and common mistakes in applying New Urbanism and Smart Growth principles.
Understand how to test ideas, ask the right questions of your project, and most effectively apply the appropriate planning tools.
How can Landscape Architects make real impacts on the health of a community? This session is meant to be a primer for the various tools and information available to help you do just that, including health impact assessments, health improvement plans, and health needs assessments. These tools are invaluable for giving planners the actionable data to start addressing specific health needs of a community. In addition, this session will begin to help elevate our profession through case studies that will show how to integrate the analysis of community health, weigh the health impacts of the built environment and utilize best practices for planning and design for human health.
Become familiar with tools, such as Health Impact Assessments, Health Needs Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans in order to explore the health effects of the built environment to make better informed design decisions.
Gain insight into where and how to find relevant health data, which can then be used to identify potential health concerns within a community.
Distinguish between Health Determinants and Health Outcomes to formulate design and planning strategies that help address potential health concerns within a community.
The built environment plays an important role in the healthy and positive development of adolescents. Designers can help to ensure that the places where young people learn, live and play are responsive to the unique needs of this age group. In many instances, property owners and clients seek to limit the use of these places by adolescents and designers are charged with creating a place that excludes, instead of facilitates, their desired activities. This presentation will provide information that will empower designers to advocate for adolescent-friendly places as well as methods for engaging young people in design decisions.
Review four primary adolescent developmental tasks -- building self-esteem, establishing satisfying social relationships, managing free time effectively, and developing a sense of social responsibility.
Understand the connection between developmental tasks and the built environment, i.e. the developmental affordance of place, and youth participation.
Learn about the types of places and activities that are most important to adolescents in western cultures.
Review design decisions that have negative or non-supportive impacts on adolescents.
Learn techniques and timing for engaging young people in design decision processes.
In an economy where resources are limited, joint use agreements are becoming a platform for creating healthy collaborations. Establishing joint use agreements between schools, parks and other local organizations allow facilities to be utilized by more members of the community and provide community members with increased opportunities for physical activity. These partnerships provide mutual benefits to all parties involved and improve community livability; however these partnerships do require work in resolving differences.
Learn how utilizing joint use agreements will increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy living.
Learn how joint agreements engage community stakeholders.
Understand the need for positive relationships with community entities.
Learn how joint agreements open facilities for underserved populations.
Learn how joint agreements bridge the differences as to standards, funding, and expectations of partners.