Ohio State School For The Blind Garden for Growth

For this project, our group worked with The Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB) to design a playground and sensory garden space to accommodate students with varying levels of visual and cognitive impairment. We worked with the teachers and students in the school to identify their areas of need. There were three areas of need that we worked to address: space navigation, an empty playground patch, and an empty sensory garden space. The location and geography of these spaces as well as primary and secondary research on visual impairment drove our design solutions and allowed us to create a Garden for Growth for the Ohio State School for the Blind.

PROJECT ROLE

Researcher + Designer

 

CLIENT

The Ohio State School for the Blind

 

TEAM 

Alex Getz

Researcher + Designer

Camille Snyder

Researcher + Industrial Designer

Samantha Nemeth

Researcher + Playground Layout Designer

 

 

FINAL PLAYGROUND DESIGN

Our design intent was to plan an experience that is encouraging, interactive, and playful in the eyes of the OSSB students and their teachers and parents. We designed equipment, spacial layouts, and experiential touchpoints that foster an environment of physical and sensory development. The design will accommodate students of all abilities as it challenges them to grow physically, mentally, and socially through play.

DESIGN RESEARCH

CURRENT EXPERIENCE

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Current Experience: Play

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Current Experience: Sensory Garden

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Current Experience: Navigation

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Current Experience: Play

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Current Experience: Sensory Garden

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Current Experience: Navigation

IDEAL JOURNEY

The Final Solution

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Navigation

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Playground

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Sensory Garden

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