Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 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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30 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 32 "I really enjoy doing park design, but also healing gardens, therapeutic landscapes and schools, especially those involving a lot of activity," he explains. "Where the landscape sets the stage for people enjoying a space — those are the projects I get the most out of. And seeing people use a site, whether out at a park, running around, laughing, meeting new friends and having grandparents helping little kids — those are the projects that define why we're doing this. So it really comes down to people and relationships and how that little spot of the world just keeps everything turning." For playground design, Miller aims to achieve overall wellness. He writes about this in a recent post (The "Play Environment" - A New Paradigm for Parks and Play Areas) on his firm's blog . For Miller, parks aren't just about physical wellness but also need to address the social, cognitive and emotional wellness that comes with a different way of approaching play area design. He described an outing Above & Top, Left: Sandia Vista Park, Albuquerque: Sandia Vista Park in Albuquerque was designed with "graduated challenges" to inspire children to conquer obstacles. This sequence shows how the play equipment and setting have a pretty profound impact, leading Jojo to have a very powerful sense of accomplishment. She tackled the challenges to her ability, learning that she could do the same things as the other kids, only a bit differently. "I'm gonna die in three years. So you learn everything you can, buy me out and then take over the business." — Walt Weaver to Gregory Miller, FASLA in 1997 involving a number of families at a park his company designed. There was a little girl, Jojo, who uses a wheelchair most of the time, but can get around on a walker with the aid of braces. "She was using the park and it was not just using the play equipment, but using the entire park and challenging herself," Miller recalls. "The other kids around her watched her try something, work at it and then achieve her goal. And then all the kids started playing together." At the end of the play day, as dusk settled over the park, Jojo's mother reminded her to say goodbye using a device that helps her communicate. Instead, she communicated that she wanted to hug her playmates. Miller said this was the first time this girl had reached out and wanted the embrace of other people. Helping the Industry As if Miller hasn't been busy enough, he was installed as the new president of the ASLA at the

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