Children’s Outdoor Environments at the Annual Meeting

ASLA 2009 Professional General Design Honor Award. Water Play. Within an interior circulation of play circuits, Teardrop Park creates the conditions for children's play that feels far removed from traffic and ordinary street life. Children are able to turn the water on and off. image: Elizabeth Felicella
ASLA 2009 Professional General Design Honor Award. Water Play. Within an interior circulation of play circuits, Teardrop Park creates the conditions for children’s play that feels far removed from traffic and ordinary street life. Children are able to turn the water on and off.
image: Elizabeth Felicella

Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (PPN) Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 9:15 – 10:45 AM in PPN Room 3 on the EXPO floor

Join us for our annual PPN meeting during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago, which will provide learning opportunities with short, lively, and inspiring presentations by speakers from throughout the country who are passionate about play environments. A keynote presentation will be given by Robin Moore, Hon. ASLA, from The Natural Learning Initiative. Topics and presenters for our PPN Meeting include:

Where Design Comes into Play: Designing Innovative Play Spaces
Alexa Bosse, Associate ASLA, Program Associate of Community Design Collaborative

Building Mounds. Building Play Diversity.
David Watts, ASLA, Associate Professor of Department of Landscape Architecture at California Polytechnic State University

Risky Play Elements in Play Design
Shannon Mikus, Associate ASLA, Family-scape Designer with Master of Landscape Architecture 2014

Engaging Youth in Creative Place Making
Ilisa Goldman, ASLA, Principal of Rooted In Place Landscape Architecture and Consulting

If you’re interested in learning more about children’s outdoor environments, be sure to check out the following education sessions at the Annual Meeting in Chicago:

FRI-A09 “A Garden in Every School” Education and Obesity Prevention
Friday, November 6, 8:30 – 10:00 AM

Session Handout
Presenters: Paul Simon, ASLA, White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors; Jennifer Tedeschi, Executive Director, KidsGardening.org

Landscape architects have a profound responsibility in relating communities to children and parents, encouraging livable communities, and creating outdoor environments through the national “A Garden in Every School” initiative. Learn how gardening is a catalyst for environmental stewardship, education, and obesity prevention and other important aspects of garden play space.

FRI-C09 Psychology of Urban Play: The Human Dimension
Friday, November 6, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Session Handout
Moderator: Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA, LEED AP, Senior Design Associate, Alta Planning + Design
Panelists
: Joy Kuebler, ASLA, President, Upstate New York ASLA chapter / President, JKLA Studio; James E. LaPosta Jr., FAIA, Principal/Chief Architectural Officer, JCJ Architecture; Helle Burlingame, Manager, KOMPAN Play Institute

As more people move to the cities, there are associated needs for environments that encourage social interaction, healthy lifestyles, and engaged minds—and not just for children. Play provides coping and creativity skills vital to us all. This session highlights urban plazas, community centers, and playgrounds that encourage life-long play.

SUN-A11 Evidence-based Landscape Design: Sensory Play Gardens’ Value for Children with Developmental Disorders
Sunday, November 8, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Session Handout
Presenters: Lucy Jane Miller, Founder and Director, SPD Foundation and STAR Center (Sensory Therapies and Research); John McConkey, ASLA, Market Research and Insights Manager, Landscape Structures

More than just play, children with developmental disorders benefit from strategically designed sensory playgrounds and sensory gardens. This study evaluated the outcomes of outdoor play using a multiple baseline research design. The lessons are applicable to future sensory gardens and play areas within broad fields of architecture and landscape architecture.

by Brenna Castro, ASLA, Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN Officer

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