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Knoxville Chapter Planning Meeting - A Great Success!
Sat, Jul 20 2019

The Annual Planning Meeting was held Saturday, July 20 at the offices of MHM.  In attendance were President Geoffery Cavalier, Past Presdident Aaron Miller, incoming Secretary Kathryn Fuller, GSR President Suzan Jordan (who has LOTS of roles in our chapter too), Gary Bergeron (board member, technical and academic affairs chair), new board members Josh Buchanan and Brian Sickles, Stacy Colbaugh (our award winning Publication chair), Kathy Proctor (board member, planning & historian) and new member Mirelys Calise, who is assisting with graphics.  Geoffery led us through an analysis of last year activities, a review of our mission, discussions of effective ways to use our volunteer time, task teams, setting key calendar dates, and a brainstorming session addressing membership growth and student support.  All in all, it was a great meeting and we are off to a great start for another successful year.

We did identify a few areas that could use some new volunteers, so please contact Geoffery and see where you can be part of the CSI Knoxville action this year.


CSI Annual Summer Fun Party!
Sat, Jul 06 2019


CSI Knoxville's 60th Anniversary
Tue, May 28 2019

CSI Knoxville will celebrate our 60th Anniversary, June 11, 2019, at The Foundry on the Fair Site!

Join us at 6:00pm

RSVP: csiknox@gmail.com


Beyond Chutes and Ladders! Trends in Play Space Design: Activity, Engagement, Involvement?
Tue, May 14 2019

Presentation Title: Trends in Play Space Design: Activity, Engagement, Involvement?

Sub Title:

HSW Qualification: Yes

Duration: 90 minutes

LACES/IACET Qualification: LACES 1.5 PDH ‐ IACET .2 CEU

Market Statement:

"Boring playgrounds are just as likely to be abused as ignored.” “You can lead kids to a playground, but

you can't make them play.” “I like to play indoors, because that is where all the electrical outlets are.”

Likely you have heard this all before…

Parks today face the challenge of providing environments that will attract children and families to

engage, play and stay. To compete with indoor, more sedentary activities. In this session, we will

examine playground trends that create kid magnets, that facilitate multi‐generational interaction, or

signature playgrounds that tell a community story.

Sure, some will make a mad dash for the monkey bars and work up a sweat in five minutes. Others will

start a spontaneous game of tag, darting in and out of play structures to avoid the pursuer. But there

will always be kids who avoid playground equipment altogether because it either bores or intimidates

them.

What role does good design play in society? How do you know it when you see it?

What goes into creating it? Is excellence ever easy?

Through these questions and examples from around the world, we will examine global trends and their

impacts on designing impactful playground environments today. Discussions will also focus on the

opportunities for stronger collaboration between playground designers and Landscape Architects.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Identify leading trends in play space design and the external influences driving these trends.

2. Evaluate how innovative concepts can be applied to play space design

3. Site ways to specify new concepts and material choices…

Detailed Outline:

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I. Identify major societal issues and trends

a. Comparison of play environment design then and now

b. What’s changed and why

II. Relate specific trends to play environment design

a. Adventure

b. Material Mix

c. Landforms

d. Destination Parks and Playgrounds

e. Nature Inspired Design

f. Literacy in the Environment

g. Holistic Wellness Design

III. Best Practice Recommendations for success

a. writing specifications

i. RFP or Request for Qualifications

b. Collaboration with design team

c. Collaboration with contractors

Summary:

Many parks today face the challenge of providing environments where all visitors can engage, with less

funding and fewer resources. One way is to create environments where all visitors can feel safe, secure

and fully engage in play, namely creating designs that fully embrace social equity and social

sustainability. Participants will be provided with current data on how the world population is aging and

encountering disabilities in all age groups. In this presentation, participants will be introduced to the

concepts of social sustainability as they apply in park and playground settings. Each component will be

defined in relation to universal design principles in recreational environments. Two case studies will be

presented illustrating how these park communities enhanced social equity and inclusion through

thoughtful design practices.

The presentation will show how this data supports the need for creating recreation spaces that support

these community members in a greater way. In particular, the use of universal design principles will be

embraced as a way to address this growing community need.

Needs Identification:

Ultimately, the most successful parks and playgrounds are those that provide users of all abilities a

sense of safety, security and inclusion. These are the environments where true inclusion happens and

community ownership is strong, resulting in a community resource that all will cherish, support and

protect. Participants will be provided with current data on how the world population is aging and

encountering disabilities in all age groups. The presentation will show how this data supports the need

for creating recreation spaces that support these community members in a greater way. In particular,

the use of universal design principles will be embraced as a way to address this growing community

need. Through illustrative examples and case study, participants will be introduced to the concepts of

social sustainability as they apply in park and playground settings.

Session Format: Presentation with group participation

Instruction Level: Intermediate

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Reference Sources:

Books

Universal Design Handbook, 2E by Wolfgang Preiser (Author) & Korydon H. Smith (Author,) 2010

Publication ‐ Articles

Vavik, T & Keitsch M M. Exploring relationships between universal design and social sustainable

development: some methodological aspects to the debate on the sciences of sustainability, Sustainable

Development, 2010, 18 (5): 295‐305.

Gossett A, Mirza M, Barnds AK, Feidt D, Beyond access: a case study on the intersection between

accessibility, sustainability, and universal design, Disability Rehabilitation Assistive Technology, 2009

Nov;4(6):439‐50.

World Population Prospects, The 1998 Revision, Volume II: Sex and Age. The Population Division,

Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Secretariat

Websites

Institute for Human Centered Design

http://www.adaptiveenvironments.org/index.php?option=Home

Speaker Information

Name: Michael Fingeroth

Title: East Coast Regional Manager

Company Name: Landscape Structures

Telephone: 732‐662‐0426

Email Address: mikefingeroth@playlsi.com

Please RSVP to csiknox@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, May 13th, 2019

 

 


April Chapter Lunch Meeting
Sun, Apr 07 2019

Join us Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 11:30am at Calhoun's on the River.  Kristin Lee Grove, Architect for PBA, Knoxville, TN will update us on projects going on in Knoxville.


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