Two Case Studies; an application of Storytelling as Landscape Architecture

by Bob Scarfo | On Demand

CEUs/PDHs: (* CEU's Pending) Credits: LACES 1,APLD 1,PGMS 1,NALP 1


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Webinar Description:
Two case studies, a hospital healing garden and a memory garden for those living with dementia and their caregivers, are prefaced with a brief review of a three-step narrative-storyboard-design approach to landscape architectural design. This people-centric design approach builds off the anticipated experiences the likely users of your design would bring to the design. The healing garden study focuses on the power of such a landscape narrative design approach. The memory garden study reviews the research needed to understand the anticipated, and unanticipated, experiences of someone living with dementia and how that can give form to the memory garden design.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn a personalized design process that intimately involves your clients in your design process.
2. Consider a people-centric approach that uses the anticipated experiences of people visiting your site.
3. Become familiar with an easy, comprehensive, replicable approach to landscape design.


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Bob Scarfo

Bob taught and practiced landscape architecture in Canada and the United States for 39 years. Retired from Washington State University Spokane’s Interdisciplinary Design Institute he is an Emeritus Professor and registered landscape architect in Washington and Massachusetts. His degrees include: BLA, MLA, and MS and PhD in Social Geography. He consults under Land and Life® LLC in Spokane, Washington. Joined by gerontologists, landscape architects, architects, and land planners they produced “Re-creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging” (2009; Health Professions Press). More recently, he published a comfortable approach to teaching and learning landscape design entitled “Landscape Architecture as Storytelling” (Taylor & Francis). He is again working with gerontologists to introduce a memory garden into Spokane, WA for people living with dementia and their caregivers.