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The Come Alive Outside Design Challenge creates the opportunity for teams of college and high school students to work together with landscape professionals to design and build engaging outdoor learning environments at schools and childcare facilities. In partnership with Come Alive Outside and The Kitchen Community, Christy Webber Landscapes and RYCO hosted a Design Challenge in 2016 and brought top college Landscape Architecture and Landscape Management students to Chicago to participate in the program. On October 13th-15th, students from The College of DuPage, Illinois Central College and Jolliet Junior College visited Hanson Park Elementary and worked with the students and teachers there to create initial ideas for the new space.

The designs below are the final submissions from each of the three colleges teams. The designs will be voted on by the students at Hanson Park and judged by a panel of professionals according to the following criteria. We will announce the winners in January of 2017:

  1. The design encourages interaction with the space using all five senses.
  2. The design integrates the creative input of the students and teachers who will use it.
  3. The design creates a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
  4. The design effectively manages and utilizes rainwater.
  5. The initial phase of the design can be built on a budget of $10,000.
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    College of DuPage

     

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    Illinois Central College

     

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    Jolliet Junior College

     

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