Learn how to play a critical role in advocating and designing for a variety of parks, recreational facilities, and children’s play environments. Best practices will be shared on critical topics including:
This presentation will begin with an overview of seven categories of economic benefits generated by city park systems and how to measure those benefits. The benefit categories include enhanced property value, recreational use, health of area residents, tourism, stormwater infiltration, air pollution removal, and economic development. The Trust for Public Land will present results from cities where they have previously worked and sources of publicly available data you can use.
We know the benefits of investment in parks, open space, and open space networks are both qualitative (felt) and quantitative (observed), yet park champions often need to provide estimates of a return on investment, measured in benefit or value creation. “Value creation,” which is not universally defined, can be project-specific, and an over-emphasis on economics often leaves equity behind. HR&A will discuss examples of building narratives of “public benefits” including both qualitative and quantitative benefits to tell the whole story within the economic and political context so that we can identify and mobilize supporters, build public-private partnerships, and unlock sources of funding.
Given the many stakeholders affected by parks, managing parks, and funding parks, credible impact studies on parks are a very useful tool for planning and in stakeholder management. Conducting multifaceted studies on large parks requires a multidisciplinary approach that goes well beyond quantifying economics. The Balboa Park Conservancy partnered with San Diego State University to look at the many impacts the park has on the economy, the environment and on social issues such as health and youth. The study has served as an objective platform for many dialogues with a diverse group of stakeholders including politicians, the public, and the 85 organizations operating in the park.
Hosted by the ASLA Parks & Recreation Professional Practice Network
Understand the types of economic benefits that can result from parks.
Understand what economic information is publicly available and how to use this information to make an argument in favor of investments in parks.
Articulate the benefits and challenges of working with a university on this type of work.
Understand how a multidisciplinary approach offers a more powerful impact study.
Create a stakeholder management strategy that engages a diverse group in ways that are meaningful to them.
Leveraging the innovative (and kind) spirit of Silicon Valley, Magical Bridge Foundation presents a new model to provide truly inclusive playgrounds and healthier public play spaces for all, regardless of ability, disability, size, or age. With more than 25,000 visitors per month flocking to Palo Alto to play, Magical Bridge is heralded as the nation’s most inclusive play space, with worldwide interest in replicating their model. In this session, the founders of the foundation will give insight into their success, expansion throughout the Bay Area (and the nation), and the extensive community they serve, including those living with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, visual and auditory impairments, the medically fragile, and the aging population. Learn about their process and guidelines for success and understand how they infuse Silicon Valley innovation into inclusive playground design.
Learn how to leverage the success of Magical Bridge Playground to enhance the quality and quantity of outdoor play time in the communities you serve, going way beyond ADA standards.
Understand the success of Magical Bridge Playground and Foundation, and the broad community they serve, including those living with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, visual and auditory impairments, the medically fragile, and the aging population.
Take lessons learned from mindfully-designed Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto and apply these processes and guidelines to create truly inclusive experiences in your projects.
Accessible play environments have received considerable attention in recent practice, yet little comparative research has been done evaluating the use of specific park and playground features. This research evaluates the value of Universal Design (UD) in playgrounds in a comparative study using new graphic methods addressing the primary UD question and overall physical activity in the park environment. The evidence-based findings can support public policy for the promotion of community-wide healthy active living.
Explain the multi-faceted benefits of Universal Design in playground environments.
Describe the research-grounded basis for the conclusions presented.
Apply behavior observation techniques in public outdoor open space.
This presentation focuses on inclusive play in outdoor playgrounds. Based on observations, interviews and research in a universal design public playground and a playground at a school for children with disabilities, we have deducted a series of recommendations for inclusive, universal play design for all abilities. One of the main considerations of the presentation is that we do harm when we underestimate the abilities of children with disabilities. As all other children, they love the thrill of physical play such as spinning, sliding, and swinging. The presentation will go through cases of good universal playground designs and functional playground equipment design features. Finally, we will touch upon working within the framework of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and beyond.
Learn key elements of inclusive play and universal design, based on observations and research with users and care givers.
Get new insights on playground planning and play equipment functionality.
Learn about the policy dimension of planning inclusive playgrounds, beyond the ADA.
Get an adult user perspective on accessibility and usability in public play areas.
Learn how the landscape architect can implement policies and insights of users in the final solution.
Understand how to advocate for standard solutions that fit all user groups.
Learn how new hardware and software technologies are helping landscape architects innovate in the planning, design, and post occupancy assessment of parks and public spaces. In this session you will see case studies from Sasaki, Soofa, a start-up from MIT’s Media Lab, and the Park District of Oak Park, IL.
Learn what new technology currently exists in the market, both in hardware and software, and how landscape architects and clients are working together to deploy it in outdoor public spaces.
Understand the challenges in bringing new technology to parks and public spaces and how to overcome them.
Gain insight into how landscape architects can effectively collaborate with technology companies, and why such collaboration is valuable in the current era of smart cities and data driven decision-making.
Learn directly from a public sector client where landscape architects can add value in helping make smarter parks and public spaces and where there is room for improvement.
Every major city in the United States, large and small, struggles with generating effective dialogues and solutions for homelessness. Through an exploration of national data, as well as successes and challenges from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver, policies, programs and design solutions will be shared.
Examine an overview of nationwide data about homeless populations, to support better understanding.
Discover stories of how homelessness is a consideration for parks professionals and designers, and what factors are at play for management, operations, design, and programming.
Take a deeper dive into successful case studies from multiple cities, ranging from policy to programs to design.
Learn sources to research for additional data, case studies, and resources.
Internationally renowned landscape design firm West 8 and German playground manufacturer Richter Spielgeräte have partnered to design some of the world’s most inventive and rewarding playscapes. This panel will engage in a conversation about the social necessity of play, childhood today, and designing public playscapes for all ages.
To understand the importance of play to childhood physical, emotional, and social development.
To explore the potential for creative playground design.
To learn about international precedents for playground design
To understand how to creative inclusive, code-compliant, challenging playgrounds.
The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) mission is to record historic landscapes in the United States and its territories through measured drawings, written histories, and large-format photography. The National Park Service oversees the daily operation of HALS. The American Society of Landscape Architects provides professional guidance and technical advice through their Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network. The Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress preserves the documentation for posterity and makes it available to the general public.
Examples of HALS baseline and mitigation documentation prepared by professional landscape architectural practitioners will be shared along with examples of landscape architectural university programs using HALS to teach site documentation to students. Anyone may prepare HALS documentation for the open ended collection to promote preservation, and this presentation will explain how to prepare a HALS Short Format History for submission to the annual HALS Challenge competition.
Understand how to prepare HALS documentation for the open ended collection and promote preservation.
See examples of how to incorporate HALS into landscape architectural practice with baseline documentation and mitigation projects.
See examples of how to incorporate HALS into a landscape architectural university curriculum for teaching site assessment and documentation to students.
Learn how to prepare a HALS Short Format History for submission to the annual HALS Challenge.
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.
Overexposure to ambient variables such as ultraviolet radiation and extreme heat are major risk factors to children’s health. Many playgrounds are designed in a way that result in higher air and surface temperatures than the surrounding neighborhood, which is due to the predominant use of heat retaining materials and lack of shade. Few guidelines exist to promote the naturalization of playgrounds and the use of shade, which can result in multiple benefits for children apart from lowering heat and radiant exposures. This research addresses child exposures to extreme heat and UV radiation in outdoor playgrounds in Phoenix, AZ and Lubbock, TX and the influence of bioclimatic landscape design. Multiple types of data (in-situ, personal, survey) are presented related to microclimatic and human activity factors that affect child exposures and perceptions. New sensing technologies offer opportunities to understand exposures and monitor children’s exposures while allowing for safe and active play.
Understand how we can incorporate climate parameters into playground design.
Explain why shade and orientation play a key role in extreme heat and radiation exposure.
Make a more educated decision with respect to surface types used in playgrounds in a given climate zone.