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Good article outlining where there are gaps in the general public's views of connection to nature.  

Link:  We Must Better Communicate the Health Benefits of Nature

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ARKOS DESIGN Giving Back

Throughout last year, Arkos Design celebrated its 10th year by organizing various activities to foster growth not only within Arkos Design but also the surrounding community.  Our final event included collecting dimes (10 cents for 10 years).  It’s exciting to announce we exceeded our $2,000.00 goal!  This week we are sharing the donations with our four local charities: Center for Hospice Care, Hannah’s House, Lighthouse Families First Foundation, and Mishawaka Food Pantry.

 

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And the grand total is.....

And the Grand Total Is.....

 

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ASLA Opportunity Strikes

At the right place at the right time…. 

Earlier this month during the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Annual Meeting in Chicago, I had the opportunity to explore the expansive exposition hall full of vendors that cater to the business of landscape architecture as a whole. A large contingent of those showcasing their wares were playground equipment manufacturers.

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Learning Something New

Stemming from my time in school, I have found the best way to remember a place is to draw it. Most of my memories from the year I studied in Rome, Italy were of humble or monumental spaces where I sat drinking a cappuccino and drawing my surroundings. But now that I am not a student, I have to visit places on a more strict schedule. Though I almost always have a pencil and sketchbook in my bag, it is much quicker to capture buildings, landscapes, and sights with a camera. But as convenient and advanced as a camera phones have become, they still often are limiting in how a scene is captured. I have a semi-decent digital camera that accompanied me through my year abroad, but I had found myself wanting to take a step back and learn the basics. So I went on ebay and spent $40 to buy an Olympus OM-10 35mm camera. This camera is one of the first and most popular aperture- priority camera (meaning in a standard mode you adjust the lens for the amont of light you want to be exposed to the film and the camera controls the shutter speed and length of exposure) introduced about 35 years ago. By taking film back to analogue, it becomes fairly evident how important it is to learn what every knob on the camera and lens do in order to successfully capture a subject. The first two rolls I took, I wrote down the aperture setting, focus range, and weather/sun conditions to cross reference back to the developed photos. By doing this, I did not become an expert photographer by any strentch of the imagination, but it quickly built a foundation of knowledge and taught my brain the thought process for using the camera.b2ap3_thumbnail_unnamed.jpg

 

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