Michelle`s Past Work, and Projects on the Boards

Projects

Khunamokwst Park Playground

Khunamokwst Park Playground

Khunamokwst Park is located in Portland’s Cully Neighborhood.  The park’s diverse play areas have a distinctive blend of traditional and nature-based play with swings, prefabricated climbing boulders, a play water feature, and a universally accessible play structure. Learning Landscapes joined local landscape architect GreenWorks PC to work with a group of neighborhood kids through the design process. … Continued

Opal School Playscape at the Children’s Museum

Opal School Playscape at the Children’s Museum

Opal School of Portland Children’s Museum is a private preschool (ages 3-6) and public charter elementary school (grades K-5). Opal School serves as a resource for teacher-research by supporting and provoking fresh thinking about learning environments that inspire playful inquiry, creativity, imagination and the…

Cleveland Zoo Nature Playscape

Cleveland Zoo Nature Playscape

The world is full of animals! Finding each one in their natural habitat would be near impossible. The Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo offers visitors a chance to see many of the world’s most fascinating animals up close. The Zoo recently added…

Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center

Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center

Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center Nature Play Area Mt Hood Community College – Troutdale, Oregon   Michelle developed a site plan and design build construction drawings for a new early childhood education center at Mount Hood Community College.…

Westmoreland Park

Westmoreland Park

Westmoreland Nature Play Area Portland Parks and Recreation – Portland, OR The Westmoreland nature based play project is a pilot project for Portland Parks and Recreation. Michelle managed a multidisciplinary team from schematic design and public involvement through permitting. The…

Silver Falls State Park: North Canyon Nature Play Area

Silver Falls State Park: North Canyon Nature Play Area

Silver Falls State Park: North Canyon Nature Play Area Oregon Parks and Recreation Department – Silverton, Oregon   The idea for nature play in Silver Falls State Park grew out of the Oregon Parks and Recreation ‘Stepping Stones’ program with the goal to get kids outside and to connect with nature. When completed the Silver Falls … Continued

Projects, Ideas and Designs for Learning Spaces

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Green School Grounds As Neighborhood Centers

Green School Grounds As Neighborhood Centers

The Rise of Community Loved Third Spaces This is a phenomenon that we have seen a lot of in Portland and I assume your communities have seen the same. The rise of coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and friendly meetings in park and plazas. Third space is an informal shared public space that is not home (first … Continued

Sabin School Natural Playground Opens!

Sabin School Natural Playground Opens!

We were blessed with a little sun last week for the Sabin School Natural Playground opening. You could tell by all the people in attendance that the space is already well loved by the community. The playground sits on the…

Rain Play Drum Feature

Rain Play Drum Feature

I love the idea of rain play. Maybe it is because I live in Oregon. Maybe it is because I think we miss out of so many outdoor experiences because the weather is not what we hoped. These rain drums…

Spiderweb Play Installation

Spiderweb Play Installation

I ran across this amazing play space today. It looks like an Italian installation by the firm Ilia Estudio. The spiderweb play installation looks amazingly fun, relatively easy to install, and low on the potential risks. I like how it is…

Sabin School’s playscape is just about complete!

Sabin School’s playscape is just about complete!

The Sabin School community has been working hard to develop and build a natural playscape for their school. Portland Public Schools has put together this video showing all the work they have been doing. Here at Learning Landscapes we have…

Where the City, Play, and Computers Overlap

Where the City, Play, and Computers Overlap

I hear a lot of people talk about bringing games to playgrounds. Some manufacturers have even tried to make digital games part of their equipment. The ones I have seen are seldom used, suffer from simple issues such as glare and lack the graphics of today’s technological savvy world. Until I saw this. pvi collective’s … Continued