Children’s Outdoor Environments at the Annual Meeting

image: Gary Smith
image: Gary Smith

Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (COE PPN) Meeting
Sunday, October 23, 10:00 – 10:45 AM, City Park Stage in PPN Live

Join the Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans for our annual PPN meeting, this year in the new PPN Live format! Our meeting will include a keynote presentation by Lolly Tai, FASLA, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Temple University. She is the lead author of the award-winning book Designing Outdoor Environments for Children, published by McGraw-Hill. Her second book, The Magic of Children’s Gardens: Inspiring Through Creative Design, is in publication by Temple University Press and will be available in spring 2017. Lolly is the recipient of the 2004 Bradford Williams Medal. She holds a BSLA from Cornell University, a MLA from Harvard University, and a PhD from Heriot Watt University. Her keynote address at the COE PPN Meeting will cover:

Children’s Gardens: Design Features and Goals

A recent examination of twenty case studies of public children’s gardens reveals essential design features and key goals. Two case studies are selected to illustrate how key design elements are coherently integrated in creating children’s gardens.

If you’ll be attending the conference and are interested in learning more about children’s outdoor environments, be sure to also check out the Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN EXPO Tour (1.0 PDH) and EXPO Reception featuring the PPNs on Sunday, and the following education sessions at the Annual Meeting:

SAT-A07: Outdoor Learning Environments as Opposed to Playgrounds
Saturday, October 22, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 344

Session Guide
: Lisa Horne, ASLA, LEED AP, Project Director, RVi, Dallas, TX
Panelists: Emmanuel Didier, ASLA, Principal, Didier Design Studio LLC, Fort Collins, CO; Conners Ladner, ASLA, PLA, Design Workshop, Inc. , Austin, TX; Lolly Tai, FASLA, PhD, Temple University, Jenkintown, PA

Outdoor learning environments are on the rise at botanical gardens, arboretums, and parks in place of playgrounds. The session begins with matters of context and essential elements, then explores three real world case studies to see what has worked and what has not for one of today’s most discerning user groups.

SUN-A03: Living with Autism: Case Studies in Residential Community Design
Sunday, October 23, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 352

Session Guide
Co-Presenters: Karen R. Kennan, Assistant Executive Director, Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE), Santa Clara, CA; Dave Roche, ASLA, Principal and Partner, Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Sonoma, CA
Lead Presenter: Christine E. Reed, ASLA, RLA, Associate Principal, O|CB (Office of Cheryl Barton), San Francisco, CA

The population of adults with autism is rapidly increasing, creating an extraordinary need for appropriate group housing. This session examines two recent projects that pioneer best practices in the design of outdoor spaces to improve access and quality of life and provides deep insight from an innovative and collaborative client organization.

MON-A09: Youth as a Catalyst for Better and Broader Engagement
Monday, October 24, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, Room 256

Session Guide
Moderator: Elizabeth J. Kennedy, ASLA, Principal, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY
Panelists: Kofi Boone, ASLA, Associate Professor, NCSU College of Design, Durham, NC; Walker Holmes, Program Manager, The Trust for Public Land, New Haven, CT; Aris W. Stalis, ASLA, Principal, Aris Land Studio, Bridgeport, CT

Kids are fountains of creativity. They often identify issues and see solutions that adults cannot. How can our design processes welcome their input and put their ideas to work? This session presents strategies for effectively engaging youth and how they can be a catalyst for broader participation and project stewardship.

MON-D02: Play Everywhere: How to Create Family Friendly Cities
Monday, October 24, 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Room 356

Session Guide
Moderator: Missy Benson, ASLA, Playworld, Richmond, VA
Panelists: David Flanigan, Director of Grants, KaBOOM!, Washington, DC; Angela Kyle, co-founder of PlayBuild, New Orleans, LA

Reimagine what urban spaces would look like, from sidewalks and bus stops to health clinics and laundromats, if children, whatever their economic situation, had ample opportunities for play. This session will highlight the innovative projects of landscape architects from across the country that are ensuring all kids have easy access to play.

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

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