Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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82 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 3 2 A Study Comparing Standard and Nature-based Play In May of 2017, Abigail Fiala, from Kansas State University, published her Master of Landscape Architecture thesis titled "Nurture through nature: a comparative study between standard and nature-based play in outdoor preschool environments." Fiala observed children playing on two different playgrounds, a nature playground and a traditional one, compiled the data and compared the two sets. "The main takeaway from my study, for me, was that design has a huge impact on the way children engage with a space," Fiala says. "It can be easy to specify playground equipment that fits within a budget and a site; it's another thing to pick it apart piece by piece and think, how will children use this?" The conclusion of her 185-paged thesis reads, "If playgrounds are to enhance [child] development, a combination of nature and standard elements are to be included in the design." Fiala states that if she could design her own playground it "would have landforms that work seamlessly with play equipment, access to natural areas and native plantings, water elements, tons of color and texture and be the kind of place that kids of all ages and even adults would love to play." To read her entire thesis, go to https:// tinyurl.com/yd6lsevq . ASLA's New Transportation Guide Advises Better Pedestrian and Bicycle Access LASN recently published its " S t r e e t s c a p e s " issue, and included is an article titled "Streets of the Future." It explores how future streets may be redesigned to include pedestrians and bicyclists; therefore, transportation systems would need to evolve to provide easier access and safety for pedestrians. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently launched a new transportation guide of research, case studies and projects, to encourage transportation systems that "foster safe, equitable and resilient ways." The guide comprises seven principles and discusses how landscape architects are applying those principles to improve transportation. The seven principles of sustainable transportation are: low-emission, active, safe, equitable, resilient, ecological and beautiful. Landscape architects are designing: areas where residents can walk or bike to meet their needs; safe and enjoyable routes to encourage walking and biking; measures to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on the roads; systems with interconnected transportation options and infrastructure that holds aesthetic value. To explore the full guide, visit https:// tinyurl.com/ya8zh4pp . If you would like to submit materials to be included in the ASLA guide, email info@asla.org .

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