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Education Session - Presentation Format

MON-A07 - Demystifying Technology: How Landscape Architects and Clients Are Making Smarter Parks

Monday, October 23
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Learn how new hardware and software technologies are helping landscape architects innovate in the planning, design, and post occupancy assessment of parks and public spaces. In this session you will see case studies from Sasaki, Soofa, a start-up from MIT’s Media Lab, and the Park District of Oak Park, IL.

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Eamonn Hutton

Senior Associate

Since joining Sasaki in 2010, Eamonn has helped lead an interdisciplinary team focused on strategic planning for urban parks departments. This work combines Eamonn’s passions for ecology and social equity with his understanding of park design and operations. Recently, Sasaki has collaborated with the clients to develop an innovative software tool that analyses the distribution and accessibility of parks assets. This work was the focus of Eamonn’s lecture at the 2016 NRPA Innovation Lab in Boston, which brought together fifty parks directors from across the country to discuss the growing role of technology in parks.


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Edward Krafcik

Director, Strategic Partnerships

As director of strategic partnerships and product development at Soofa, Ed is interested in improving the health of cities and communities with technology. Working alongside business leaders, real estate developers, social scientists, landscape architects and urban designers, he attempts to re-imagine public landscapes as “smarter, more social, and more sustainable.” A former landscape architect and an MBA, he sits on the board of Parks and Recreation Magazine providing the perspective of a startup doing business with local government and a voice for new technologies that add value to parks. He speaks and writes regularly about smart parks and smart cities.


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Bobbi Nance

Recreation Results

Bobbi Nance is the President of Recreation Results LLC. Recognized as a national leader in performance measurement and innovation, she works with parks and recreation agencies across the country to implement service-driven strategic plans and systems. Bobbi appears regularly at state and national conferences and schools and has 15 years of experience working in the field of parks and recreation that have included leading and serving on project teams resulting in a national accreditation, a National Park & Recreation Association agency Gold Medal, and the Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government.


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MON-A07 - Demystifying Technology: How Landscape Architects and Clients Are Making Smarter Parks

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