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Here's some thoughts on the state of our industry

Updated: Jan 4

There are always changes going on in our industry. However, this year seems especially dramatic, so we've gathered 4 articles from various sources to share some of the amazing and innovative ideas we're coming across. We hope enjoy these, and that they inspire your creativity.

LAF Fellowship Spotlight: Beyond Flood Control

from the Landscape Architecture Foundation

Description: Members of the 2020-2021 cohort of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership have been exploring big ideas and refining their proposed projects for exploration over the coming year. The Fellows will present the culmination of their work at LAF’s Innovation + Leadership Symposium in the spring of 2021. In the meantime, LAF is profiling each Fellow to share more about their progress and personal journeys.

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Beyond Complete Streets: Could COVID-19 Help Transform Thoroughfares Into Places for People?

from Planetizen

COVID-19 has had many impacts on society, though one of the most profound so far has been the dramatic change in how people move about and experience the urban environment. Unsurprisingly, the impact has been felt most profoundly in dense urban areas. In a bid to promote both healthy living and social distancing, many cities have temporarily closed some streets or lanes in exchange for recreational spaces closer to home.

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The Recovery Will Happen In Public Space from Project for Public Spaces

Last week, 25 million Americans returned to public life. As more and more governors relax their stay-at-home orders and restrictions on businesses, that number will only grow, even as COVID-19 cases around the country remain higher than public health experts consider safe. We are at a precarious moment as a country, where we must balance recovery and caution.

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100 Public Spaces: From Tiny Squares to Urban Parks

from ArchDaily

The key to successfully designing or recovering public spaces is to achieve a series of ingredients that enhance their use as meeting places. Regardless of their scale, some important tips are designing for people's needs, the human scale, a mix of uses, multifunctionality and flexibility, comfort and safety, and integration to the urban fabric.

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