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.
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.
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.
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.
Interaction with nature has quantifiable positive effects on stress, fatigue, and even academic performance. This session discusses the latest research at the intersection of neuroscience and landscape architecture and how these studies make a case for the integration of landscape in environments for schoolchildren, the elderly, and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.
Learn about the specific effects landscape has on brain activity and overall well-being, and methods of measurement.
Understand the special implications of this research for environments for children, teenagers, and the elderly.
Identify strategies to integrate cutting-edge research to add value to projects, particularly schools and parks.
Discuss how partnerships can be formed between the academy and practices to implement and advance this research.
The health care industry is the latest to understand how investment in connecting people with nature is a powerful way to reinvent itself. This session looks at how interior/exterior landscapes and other strategies for engaging nature achieve qualitative goals in better patient, family, and staff experiences and quantitatively improve patient outcomes. Learning Objectives:
Identify different disciplines' perspectives on nature and healing in the designed environment.
Analyze the potential of spaces within therapeutic environments that could better convey nature.
Understand the research of the healing power of nature, what is known and not known.