Creating a High Performance Public Space for Resiliency and Sustainability

APA Florida Chapter, Heart of Florida Section


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. EDT

Auburndale, FL, United States

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The workshop will be conducted in 3 parts.  First, Dr. Barth will present an overview of the HPPS principles and criteria, explaining  hw ordinary projects can be transformed into HPPS's through innovative programming, and new or updated amendities, facilities, and infrastructure.  Next, attendees will apply these principles and criteria to a park, trail, or public space from their own community.  They will identify the needs of their community - including recreation, social, environmental, and economic needs - and think of ideas for meeting some of these needs through new programs, amenities, and/or other improvements to their site.  Participants will share their ideas with other attendees to provide more creative inspiration and feedback.  Finally, attendees will try their hand at drawing "bubble diagrams" to illustrate the improvements proposed to support their proposed programs and initiatives.  No previous drawing or design experience is required.  Participants should bring a 24" x 36" base map of their project (from google earth or a project master plan); a map showing the general location of the project; and project photos or other items to discuss with fellow attendees.  All other materials - such as trace paper, HPPS criteria, flip charts, pens and maarkers - will be provided, providing attendees with all the resources needed to transform their "ordinary" projects into High Performace Public Spaces.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will list and describe the principles and criteria for High Performance Public Spaces.

Participants will recognize opportunities to apply the principles and criteria to a new or renovation parks project.

Participants will discuss the livability, sustainability, and resiliency benefits that will be generated by the project. 

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David Barth, AICP

David Barth is a Certified Planner, registered Landscape Architect, and Certified Parks and Recreation Professional who specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of the public realm. He is also an expert facilitator and strategic planner. He has developed parks and recreation system master plans for over 65 communities throughout ... Read More

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