Contemporary designers often seek out complicated problems that affect underserved and vulnerable populations. Throughout the developmental process, designers nurture constituent relationships, build coalitions of experts, and utilize design thinking combined with an acute sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of those for which the project is intended. This collaboration results in the development of numerous solutions that are inventive, cost-conscious, and seek to delight and inspire. Ultimately, the final result is an innovative synthesis of elements that have the capacity to change — for the better — not only the experiences of the community of users, but also the lives of participant experts, designers, and makers.
Designed to be safe and welcoming, ecologically sensitive, and maintainable by existing tools and equipment, The Sensory Garden & Playscape will engage children and clients in educational, therapeutic, and playful ways. Situated in a setting that seamlessly integrates with the existing landscape, this project’s eight distinct components facilitate and enhance communication, crisis de-escalation, compliment appropriate classroom curriculum-related learning, and promote the development of social and workplace skills.