Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 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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G o t o L a n d s c a p e O n l i n e . c o m a n d s e a r c h M K W + A s s o c i a t e s t o v i e w m o r e f i r m p h o t o s 104 Landscape Architect and Specifier News MKW + Associates, LLC New Jersey The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, Dallas, Texas The Dallas Arboretum sought to expand its educational mission by adding a science-based children's garden to its collections and array of specialty gardens for both school groups and families. The gently sloping site allowed the creation of a series of 14 linked and themed learning galleries as well as an earth sheltered Discovery Center. The design program sought to positively affect children's attitudes about nature; to increase visitor opportunities for the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of nature; to be beautiful and horticulturally notable; and to support and reinforce school curricula. This last program element proved to be the most challenging to accommodate in that it resulted in an extensive list of outdoor learning rooms or galleries, each dedicated to particular grade levels or subjects. The collaborative efforts of the landscape architect, exhibit designer and architect, and the client, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, were instrumental in delivering a high-quality, high-impact project. This project received the NJASLA Honor Award 2016. MKW + ASSOCIATES, LLC, established in 1964 in New Jersey, engages in a broad range of projects including park, open space and recreational planning and design, waterfront parks and promenades, play spaces and outdoor learning, and corporate, institutional, and residential development and planning. MKW's successes are achieved through its clients and team of 12 landscape architects/designers led by principals John Williams and Allen Juba. The firm's philosophy: respect for the land, commitment to site-sensitive design, and acknowledgement of the human need for environmental harmony.

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