Field Day – Evolution

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.” – A.Einstein SESSION 7 RECAP: What an energizing experience camp has been over the last 7 weeks. As we approach the last week of this inaugural session of Field Day, I am excited to see what lies ahead. At the heart of this entire…

Field Day – Experimentation

“Life is ‘trying things to see if they work.’” – Ray Bradbury SESSION 6 RECAP: Each year, the month of April flies by. There are so many great ways to celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) that dovetails so well with National Volunteer Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, National Find a Rainbow Day, and National Jazz…

Field Day – Ideation

“Ideas are worthless until you get them out of your head to see what they can do.” – Tanner Christensen SESSION 5 RECAP: This week we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, highlighting all the various activities going on via EarthDay.org and ASLA.org. It was fun to look back on photos of the first…

Field Day – Interpretation

“The aim of interpretation is not agreement, but understanding.” – Donald Davidson SESSION 4 RECAP: After spending the last few sessions on different ways to collect information, this session we looked at ways to find meaning in that data. Interpretation empowers landscape architects and designers to transform observations gathered from the discovery phases (inventory) into…

Field Day – Empathy

“Courage gives us a voice and compassion gives us an ear. Without both, there is no opportunity for empathy and connection.” – Brene Brown SESSION 3 RECAP: This week we talked about empathy as it relates to design. While it permeates all phases of design, we emphasized empathy this week to illustrate the significance of understanding people in…

Field Day – Discovery

“If you have an hour to cut down a tree, spend the first 50 minutes sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln SESSION 2 RECAP: Last week’s session on “Discovery” was a great way to celebrate the start of World Landscape Architecture Month. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has started a new campaign this…

Field Day Camp – Session 1 Recap

SESSION 1 RECAP: Last week was the inaugural Field Day Camp. It was hard to contain my excitement – honestly, it felt like the first day of school. The campers had sent videos ahead of the first session to share their favorite places, which was a helpful introduction for me and hopefully a good way…

100. Celebrate the Best Week Ever: Best Wednesday Ever Block Party

“Cities fail and succeed at the scale of human interaction.” – Ethan Kent Many great opportunities to participate in the Best Week Ever will undoubtedly flood your emails and Facebook events all week.  While there are many reasons to love South Bend, I find no better reason than its people.  Our neighbors and community support…

99. Identify and Remedy Literary Deserts

Unite for Literacy in partnership with ESRI, has developed a nationwide heat map that shows locations of book deserts. Literary deserts — where children and parents lack access to quality books — are prevalent in low-income urban neighborhoods across the United States. From the look of South Bend’s literacy heat map (shown above), only the Granger area…

96. Plant More Flowers

“Though the word beautification makes the concept sound merely cosmetic, it involves much more: clean water, clean air, clean roadsides, safe waste disposal and preservation of valued old landmarks as well as great parks and wilderness areas. To me…beautification means our total concern for the physical and human quality we pass on to our children…