designed to connect
WDSLA uses the word GATHER to describe projects that provide the backbone for community interaction and growth. Like our PLAY projects, designs in this category require a focus on delivering the best and highest uses for public funding, balancing capitol investment and long-term maintenance costs, while enhancing or creating a unique public infrastructure allowing communities to connect.
Key design fundamentals within this category include:
Government institutions exist to serve their constituents
Landscapes should facilitate access to the institutions
Landscapes should be timeless, not trendy; to reflect value in long-term investment
Landscapes should be efficient in all aspects – from construction to maintenance - since the source of revenue to pay for both comes from public tax dollars
Institutional design should reflect the specific institution. In certain cases, pride in the agency, facility, program, and/or purpose can be appropriately expressed in the landscape and site design