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 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.
Park Rx America (PRA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the burden of chronic disease, increase health and happiness, and foster environmental stewardship, by virtue of prescribing Nature during the routine delivery of healthcare. PRA works closely with managers of publicly-accessible land and water, as well as directly with healthcare providers and their respective organizations, to "make it easy" to prescribe parks and other protected areas to their patients real-time in the clinical practice setting.
Review health reasons to spend time in nature
Learn how Park Rx America was planned, developed, and implemented at a "doctor's office."
Review recently published data on Park Rx America.
Summarize next steps for expansion and research of Park Rx.
Children today face two challenges relating to open space and the outdoors: not only are open spaces shrinking, making nature less accessible, but children have lost the freedom to experience nature. Between safety concerns and the increased need to protect natural areas, children are often prohibited from unstructured play in nature.
In efforts to remove these barriers and provide more opportunities for children to access nature, many cities have sought to incorporate nature play areas into parks. Often public agencies and landscape architects are constrained by tight budgets and concerns of liability. Using San Diego’s first public nature exploration area as an example, this presentation will outline how to safely and economically develop innovative nature play sites within public parks. The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department will share methods used, obstacles faced, and lessons learned in implementing the Morley Field Nature Exploration Area.
Become familiar with how to adapt playground safety standards to nature play areas.
Understand strategies for site selection for effective and economical nature play sites.
Understand the obstacles and potential solutions in implementing a nature play area.
Gain insights into understanding and working with your agency or region's available resources to develop a successful nature play area.
Everyday, each of us makes multiple decisions and interacts with our surroundings based on sensory input from our external environment, which for most, is automatically processed and interpreted. Conventional education teaches there are five sensory systems. In reality there are three more that help us understand and interpret our environment and develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally. These systems include the proprioceptive, vestibular, and interoceptive senses. This session will combine the expertise of occupational therapy and landscape architecture by exploring how appropriate sensory planning in play environments can help children, particularly those with sensory processing disorder, self-regulate and find an equilibrium of sensory input. The concepts of affect attunement, sensory lifestyles, just right stimulation, reflex response, and grasp will be discussed.
Identify the basic sensory systems and their influence on childhood development.
Identify and thoughtfully apply principles of sensory development to play environment design.
Understand the fundamentals of how sensory input impacts play behaviors.