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The Landscape Architect

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The Landscape Architect


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View the video and see what happens during a day in the life of a landscape architect.

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Now that you've seen what a landscape architect's day can be like, see if you have what it takes to do the job by performing a challenge activity. Read the "Set Up," then figure out the questions. Check your answer when you're done.

Set Up:
Your local city council has retained your services as a landscape architect to make an assessment of the main community park and prepare plans to add more facilities and features for teens to use.

Figure This Out:

  1. Tour the park and make an assessment of the existing facilities - are they "teen friendly"? What is the condition of the existing equipment and structures - can they be adapted for different uses? How effective is the existing landscaping - does it provide interest, security, places to gather, etc?

  2. Prepare a list of possible items to add to the park, i.e. skateboard ramps, shelter, benches, council ring, etc. Consider security, vandalism, safety, accessibility, etc.

  3. On a large piece of drawing paper show the existing boundaries of the park, large trees, parking areas and existing facilities. Add the proposed "teen friendly" items to the drawing. Add any other information to the drawing such as sketches or narratives, which would help the city council evaluate your plan.

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