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Engaging Boston Teens in the Re-Envisioning of Franklin Park

LAF’s Superstudio Spotlight webinar series showcases the projects and approaches of designers who participated in the Green New Deal Superstudio, a national initiative to translate the goals of decarbonization, justice, and jobs into design and planning projects for their respective regions. The Superstudio ran from August 2020 through June 2021 and attracted the participation of more than 180 studio courses from over 90 universities as well as hundreds of practitioners and industry partners across the design disciplines.

Recording from live webinar on 7/20/21

Superstudio Spotlight: Engaging Boston Teens in the Re-Envisioning of Franklin Park

Catalyzed by the Green New Deal Superstudio open call, a team of diverse partners came together to create the Youth Landscape Architecture Studio (YLAS) pilot, a 12-week after-school program for Boston high school students. The Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) and the Boston Architectural College (BAC) partnered with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Reed Hilderbrand, and others to introduce teenagers to landscape architecture and contribute to the Franklin Park Action Plan, a community-driven planning effort to revitalize Franklin Park. With the support of practitioners and BAC student teachers, the YLAS participants worked to redesign areas of the park considering sustainability and how public spaces can better serve all.

Learn more about the YLAS pilot and how it can be used as a model to engage youth in other communities.



Daniela Coray, Co-Chair of the BSLA K-12 Outreach Committee, Coordinator of Course Instruction and Assistant Faculty, Boston Architectural College

Joseph James, Co-Chair of the BSLA K-12 Outreach Committee, Associate Principal, Reed Hilderbrand

Tess O’Day, Youth Education Coordinator, Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Heather Forde, MLA Candidate and Student Teacher, Boston Architectural College

Lydia Gikas Cook, Associate, Reed Hilderbrand

Gretchen Rabinkin, Executive Director, BSLA


Additional Information

Emerald Necklace Conservancy Youth Programs: Youth Landscape Architecture Studio

BSLA News: Superstudio! The Youth Landscape Architecture Studios


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