David Kamp Speaks At Cornell University July 13th National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
Last week David Kamp, president of Dirtworks Landscape Architecture PC, and Dr. Amy Wagenfeld presented a lecture at the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium. Hosted at Cornell University, the discussion focused on design for children with autism and the Els Sensory Arts Garden completed in Jupiter Florida late last year. Setting a precedent for highly specialized outdoor environments for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, the 13,000 square foot garden allows the Els for Autism Foundation to expand arts integration for people of all ages and abilities. Programmed as a creative place, the garden is designed to cater to the sensory experience of individuals via touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste, and movement.
By providing a meaningful experience through the exploration of nature, the Sensory Arts Garden is both therapeutic and educational for individuals with sensory processing challenges. Furnishings, sculptural elements, and plants were carefully considered for their efficacy, appropriateness and safety. Lush “garden rooms” offer focused sensory input using custom-designed accessible planters, seating and plants. As a calming counterpoint, “places away” offer an intimate space of reprieve for those experiencing hypersensitivity. In this lush, safe setting, each visitor is invited to engage with nature in their own way, on their own terms, at their own pace.