|At lunchtime the park a popular place for downtown workers to take a break.|
|Mayor Nutter discusses the impact of Landscape Architects and the goal to build more pocket parks|
|Educational sign on John Collins' impact on Philadelphia|
|Central fountain in the park|
On April 26, the birthday of Frederick Law Olmstead, the profession he founded, Landscape Architecture celebrated with events across the nation including cake and a meet and greet with professionals from OLIN and Temple University graduate students. Mayor Mike Nutter spoke along with Adam Supplee, ASLA chapter president, Deputy Mayor Michael DiBeradinis, head of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department, highlighting the impact of landscape architecture as a profession that can lead us to sustainable growth in cities and more livable environments.
The John Collins Park, where the event was held, was recently renovated and reopened to the public with refurbished gates, signs and a functioning fountain. John Collins, a professional and teacher at Temple designed many plans for outdoor spaces in Philadelphia including the Schuylkill Trail, numerous pocket parks, and innovative tree nursery and farm plans for schools.
I had a chance to share the recent work of Temple University students along with fellow graduate student Rebecca Lotka, including the Francisville neighborhood plan which won an ASLA award last year and the Pop Up Garden design and project with professor Baldev Lamda.
More information is available at the ASLA website: http://www.asla.org/design/