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OpenIDEO in Landscape Architecture: Designing for what people have yet to know they want

Taking the steps of OpenIDEO to complete landscape architecture projects from abandoned rural trails to busy community recreation places.

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The project faced is to renovate trails that have fallen into disrepair along Keuka Lake in Upstate New York. Instead of working on making decisions first and coming up with the solution, our team tried to come up with what the users might want in these trails. Natural areas? Equestrian trails? ADA compliant paved paths? We spoke with people in the area and came up with some findings that lead us along the path the team has decided to take. Though this project is not yet complete, OpenIDEO ideas really opened my eyes to a different way to design. Rather than simply designing first, wasting time by having the proposal rejected, I believe that this process instead will lead to streamlined success for the team and the users.

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Meagan, this is great to see how your participation to openIDEO have made you rethink your views on design. I'm looking forward to see what are the insights you gather during your research. You might find this article interesting http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/design-for-social-innovation