a New Year of meaningful participation!

Happy New Year from all at HERE+NOW! We're really looking forward to our second year in business... we have lots of exciting projects on the go, collaborations we're developing, and events for you to get involved in over the coming months.

In the quiet moments between festivities, we've been doing a bit of thinking and expanding concepts of what co-design means for Landscape Architecture. We wanted to share an inspiring quote which perfectly kick-starts our new year from  Kaplan, Kaplan & Ryan's 'With People in Mind', 1996 (p158): 

' MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION : It seems to be a human quality that one prefers to be treated as if one is capable of understanding and can make a difference. (...) For many reasons, practical as well as moral and conceptual, it is appropriate to consider patterns that encourage including people in the design and management of their nearby natural world.'

This quote is from a book published exactly 20 years ago.  It has never been more relevant or salient; environmental psychology promotes the respect and understanding of how people interact with their spaces and places. With new intention and resolution... HERE is the place, NOW is the time!!