You’ve seen it – the vibrant public square and lawn energized with children playing, people lingering, local musicians singing cool songs as sweet-smelling smoke billows from food trucks.  These open spaces, whether privately owned by a development or publicly owned by a city, are often programmed with community events such as art festivals, yoga classes, live musical performances and movies under the stars.  To ensure a project becomes a great community space, planning and design should be carefully crafted to anticipate the variety of uses and activities that could happen.

Equally as important are the outdoor gathering spaces at a residence, whether the backyard of a home, as an ammenity in an apartment complex, or at a senior living facility.  It needs to be beautiful and it needs to serve its purpose.  Make sure it works and it feels good to be there.  Materials need to be appropriate to complement the space, as well as, fitting the style, priorities and budget for the project.

People gain satisfaction by communing with those they value—and spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and functional are an important aspect of that experience.

This program's exploration of what an architect can offer for these projects will include:

Lighting Design for Outdoor Spaces (1.0 HSW) - Paul Codd, Hossley Lighting Associates

Accessibility for Playgrounds (1.0 HSW/BF) - Marcela Rhoads, FAIA, Abadi Accessibility

Me2: 7 Principals of Inclusive Play (1.0 HSW/BF) - Ines Palacios, PhD, Playcore, and David Barnes, Heartland Park & Recreation/Play and Park Structures

Treated Engineered Wood Siding for Commercial Projects (1.0 HSW) - Randy Trussell, LP Building Solutions

Latest Developments in Wood-Alternative Decking (1.0 LU) - Zach Tillo, Trex Company

Designing a Stadium: Globe Life Field (1.0 LU) - Fred Ortiz, AIA, HKS

The Impact Parks Play on the Triple Bottom Line (1.0 HSW) - Ann Podeszwa and Will Jones, TBG Partners

 

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