Landscape Architecture and Park Design Fundamentals
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Utilize a park's most important features and create a space for users to engage in experiences they might not otherwise have.Urban parks are space for people of different backgrounds to congregate for passive and active communal, recreational experiences, whether it be play, bird-watching, people-watching, or farmer's markets, to highlight just some of the programmatic functions of parks. All too often a park's design is determined primarily by its intended programmatic use. The result is that many parks become indistinguishable from one another. The focus on programming undermines one of a park's most significant characteristics, the opportunity for users to engage in experiences they might not otherwise have in other parts of their life. In a culture where our buildings, cars, entertainment, even dining options are more often than not the same, parks should be the exception to the norm. One way to capture the intrinsic uniqueness of a park is to develop its design based on the site ecology. This topic will examine three different parks where ecology guided the site design, programmatic uses, and defined the park's spirit of place. You will learn how to identify a site's ecology and use the ecology as the definer of place.
Jacob Blue, Ayres Associates
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