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Category Archives: Parks

Parks

Summer is for Interns!

The West Studio team welcomes our 2016 Summer Intern; Emily Lange, an aspiring landscape architect, currently enrolled in her first studio at the University of Washington. Emily comes to The West Studio to gain real-world industry experience, to observe the firm’s ongoing work and participate in our in-house research and development. Emily has spent the last six…
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8 Benefits of Outdoor Play Spaces

Well-designed outdoor play spaces directly benefit child development and creativity. Here are just 8 of the numerous benefits: Outdoor play spaces provide an outlet for different types of play including function/motor development, construction, socio-dramatic, and games with rules. They allow children to connect with nature and develop a relationship with the world around them. They help…
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8 Health Benefits of Being Out in Nature

Spring is finally here! Time to shake off the winter blues and get outside. We have the evidence to explain the health benefits of why you should be spending more time in nature. 1. Reduced Anxiety & Depression Rumination is what happens when you get really sad and you can’t stop thinking about it or…
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Taking Adventure Nature Play to the Street!

On Friday Morning, September 18th, The West Studio was not immersed in usual office activities, but was making quite an exciting commotion as their enthusiasm for healthy children’s environments spilled out onto Hiawatha Place South. A vibrantly green display was taking shape in the form of an adventure nature playground. It was PARK(ing) Day 2015,…
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