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Landscape Architecture and Park Design Fundamentals - Webinar

  • ID: 4464328
  • Webinar
  • February 2018
  • Region: Global
  • 90 Minutes
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc.
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Utilize a parks 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, birdwatching, peoplewatching, or farmers markets, to highlight just some of the programmatic functions of parks. All too often a parks 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 parks 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 parks spirit of place. You will learn how to identify a sites ecology and use the ecology as the definer of place.

Learning Objectives
  • You will be able to describe how to apply ecology to a park design.
  • You will be able to recognize the value of using ecology as the definer for a Spirit of Place.
  • You will be able to discuss the benefit of ecology as a differentiator in park design.
  • You will be able to explain how to identify a sites ecology.
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Case Study 1: Nature at the Confluence, South Beloit, Illinois
  • Developing a Site Vision/Concept; Discharging the Standard Notions of a Park
  • Understanding the Site's Current and Historical Ecology, and History of Abuse
  • Identifying a Design to ‘Fit' the Site Ecology
Case Study 2: North Pond Nature Sanctuary, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois
  • Understanding an Urban Nature Sanctuary
  • Proposing Change Without Ignoring Historical Uses and Significance
  • Applying Appropriate Ecology to the Project, at Two Scales
Case Study 3: Slosh Park, Inner Harbor, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Identifying an Ecologically-Based Design Canon in a Hurry
  • Protecting the Ecological Significance in the Face of Competing Programmatic Interests
  • Designing the Park's Experiences
Applying the Case Studies
  • Identifying a ‘Spirit of Place' From Ecology
  • Communicating Ecology With the Client and the Public
  • Incorporating Good Design
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Jacob Blue - Ayres Associates
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This webinar is designed for engineers, construction and project managers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, presidents, vice presidents, developers, building owners and managers, public works and utilities directors, and city planners.
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