Engaging the Community
The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac is a community energizer, bringing local business and community leaders together to create play and learning in a safe and healthy environment for all children. The expansion transformed a former Pick ‘n Save into a destination within the Waterfront District, now filling 22,000 SF with public spaces that engage, S.T.E.A.M. Classrooms, exhibits that cross disciplines and an outdoor space built by the community.
A Pathway of Hands-on Gardening That Grows On Families
Garden in a City is America’s first garden and landscape design show focusing on urban horticulture. The inaugural season of this in-ground show featured a Children’s Midway where children and families found engaging and educational interactives that relate to the greening of our urban community.
This City of Chicago installation brought to light the contributions of the pioneering Prairie landscape architect Jens Jensen.
Nurturing a Sense of Community Pride
Ogden Park opened to the public in 1905, as an innovative site providing relief from tenement living that sparked the development of other social properties across the country. One hundred years later, the family-centric design reconnects the park to its changing community, encourages visitation and enriches the Olmsted Brothers and Burnham’s original social program.
The Windfree Energy Initiative is an outstanding example of how public-private partnerships can work together to inspire our youth and make our city a better place to live, work and raise families. I commend Doug Snower and Charles Shenk of Windfree, Sharon and Peter Exley of Architecture Is Fun, and Principal Vinita Scott for their leadership and commitment to education.
~ Mayor Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago.
An outdoor environment that embraces learning!
~ Winnetka Public School Nursery Staff
Nature as the Third Teacher
The Winnetka Public School Nursery’s Outdoor Learning Environment takes its inspiration from trains, tracks, and stations but its philosophies from its Reggio Emilia-based curriculum.
Bridging Accessible Play
Independence Grove, home to the children’s play area, surrounds a 115-acre lake, with miles of trails for recreational activities. To supplement the manufactured standard play equipment and to help create a distinct children’s zone, several new architectural elements were added: the Entry Maze, the Box Bridge and the Tree House were conceived to add interest and definition.