This panel will bring nonprofit developers and designers together to present the unique opportunities and challenges of designing landscapes for affordable and supportive housing projects. Through examples of built work in two different American cities, the panel explores how to successfully support and foster communities today. Learning Objectives:
Understand the complex design and funding process for client and design team to create successful affordable and supportive housing.
Recognize the importance of considering unique programmatic needs of diverse resident populations, and how these needs inform accessible design for all users.
Gain perspective on cost effective and efficient Stormwater management strategies to create ecologically sensitive and cost conscious resilient designs.
Learn innovative strategies for insuring the success of a landscape design, given limited maintenance budget etc.
Over time landscape architects have engaged in justice movements at many scales. With continued threats to environmental and social issues, we face increased responsibility. How can we mobilize our practices and communities to address equity? Our panel will discuss the interplay of the profession, technology, and advocacy in these movements.
Learn how landscape architects can adapt to contemporary social and environmental realities with increased sensitivity and success.
Learn how the global discourse on equity—social, racial, environmental, and economic—is driving advocacy patterns.
Discuss more inclusive and objective sources of information for justice issues.
Assess how unique perspectives can lead to successful, innovative, and fulfilling practice endeavors.
Transitional Landscapes: Temporary Places with Permanent Impacts
landscape’ often refers to a median space between two main spaces, but
what if we evaluated the concept of ‘transitional’ differently? What if
transitional landscape referred to a timeline? Whether it is due to
social, economic, or natural issues, many individuals often find themselves in transitional living situations - voluntarily or otherwise - such as camps, shelters, prisons, and temporary housing, to
name a few. Most individuals who seek these temporary and transitional
living circumstances have experienced trauma and post-traumatic stress
disorder; however, the landscape and shared spaces of these places are
far from serene, beautiful, and considerate of the physical and
psychological needs of these individuals. The question that this
research seeks to answer is how can landscape help improve the lives of
those already suffering from trauma and unfortunate circumstances,
through specific research on needs of individuals suffering PTSD, and
designing a landscape in response to those needs in a local context.
Within the context of environmental psychology, understanding the significance and importance of landscape architecture to the psychological wellbeing of individuals.
Study & analysis of case studies of transitional/temporary housing landscapes, their challenges, and opportunities.
Design strategies and elements to use in transitional landscapes.
Tactical Mycelium: An Exploration of Wastewater Treatment Byproducts as Ephemeral Building Material
There is a growing movement of designers rethinking supposed waste
products in urban industries. Within the current urban wastewater
treatment process, one specific byproduct presents a unique opportunity
for research into sustainable reuse: mycelium. These fine fibers of
fungi serve as vast communication networks between plants and emerge on
the soil’s surface as mushrooms. While ecologists and scientists
research mycelium’s medicinal potential, designers are investigating its
capacity as a new building material in a post-carbon future.
Mycelium explores this capacity in a 6-month Perkins+Will research
grant framed by the pop-up approach and ephemeral nature of tactical
urbanism initiatives, investigating the growth and optimized building
potential of this fungus. The installation itself tests a singular
catenary arch as the most effective way to grow the material into a
self-supporting structure, use as little formwork as possible, and
provide shelter and space for human occupation. Ultimately, the research
aims to augment the tactical urbanist’s material palette and support
future projects that reimagine our relationship with mycelium.
Gain an understanding of the relationship between mushrooms
and urban wastewater treatment, and how this untapped byproduct might be
cultivated for future use.
Learn about the properties of mycelium and the process of growing it into structures for short and long-term applications.
Learn about the methodologies and challenges of growing mycelium into a singular, self-supporting form.
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.