Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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How Researchers Are Getting Involved Congruent with the aim of lowering obesity rates, two professors from Texas Tech University, Charles Klein from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Kristi Gaines from the Department of Design, have spearheaded a group of researchers known as "OLE! Lubbock." OLE stands for Outdoor Learning Environments and the team is tasked with examining the relationship between the design of outdoor play spaces and the obesity rate. "I'm working with the OLE! Texas Initiative, sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services, as an early intervention strategy to address the obesity epidemic," professor Klein states. "My work is almost exclusively with childcare centers, although it's a natural evolution to expand to schools and parks." The scholars recently received a $149,982 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to further their studies. Turn to page 80 to read more. Emerging Trends Anne-Marie Spencer, vice president of marketing at PlayCore and a member of their fitness research and development team, relays that she sees two major trends regarding outdoor fitness equipment. Top: Pashek Associates of Delaware, Penn., submitted this design for the Cleveland Design Competition, an "Ideas" competition for transforming an existing trail connection into an interactive, intergenerational play space. Included in their design was the "Cycle Circle," which aims to combine healthy living with fun and music. It consists of a variety of bicycles facing a central sculpture of gears, which move and make noise upon peddling. Above: The Westphalia Community Center, in the town of Upper Marlboro, Md., has an outdoor fitness park situated next to a children's playground and thus accommodates multi-generational play and fitness. The park includes a parkour challenge course, a timed 40-yard dash for competitions and a walking loop. The landscape architecture team consisted of: Brenda Iraola (landscape architecture supervisor), Lynn Gulley (project manager) and Chris Colvin (landscape architect). PHOTO CREDIT: M-NCPPC 72 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 74

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