Lauren Elder collaborates with community groups and schools to create unique gardens, pocket parks, recreational areas and small structures in both Northern California and various countries in Latin America. As a bi-lingual artist/designer, she enjoys working with Spanish-speaking communities and furthering cross-cultural understanding. Several projects have been published in “Asphalt to Ecosystems” by Sharon Danks (2010) and “Urban Homesteading” by Kaplan/Blume (2011). Projects have a strong design underpinning, with a commitment to ecologically appropriate plantings and conservative water use. Trained in Fine Arts/Sculpture, Elder facilitates the creation of colorful artwork by participants and is directly engaged in its fabrication in metal, ceramic and wood.
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Our mission is to build community through creative projects. We collaborate with schools, libraries, community centers, municipalities and military facilities. Our projects include infrastructure (bridges, benches, maps, signs, gardens, trails, etc), public art (mosaics, concrete, ceramic murals, stained glass, metal, etc), and all kinds of fun experiences (puppets, parades, festivals, etc). We work with you to find materials, develop community assets, and facilitate quality programs. Concrete Couch has garnered many awards, including “empowering youth through public art”, “project of the year award”, “exceptional creative opportunities”, and numerous design and community building honors.
Nancy Striniste, founder of EarlySpace, is a landscape designer and former teacher. She has been designing earth-friendly, people-friendly natural play and learning spaces for children since the mid-80’s. Her palette includes stone, wood, water and plants. Projects begin with a community charette where participants learn about the value of reconnecting children to nature and collaborate to create a vision for their new space. Children and adults work together to help build their space, planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, creating mosaic streams and benches, and through natural building projects such as cob, straw bale and living roof construction.
Parkitects works closely with communities to custom design play environments that meet their needs for budget, accessibility, supervision, and age appropriateness. Parkitects’ President and Landscape Architect, Steve Lauzun, is a founding member of the CBA and specializes in inclusive and participatory design. As a Landscape Architect lead company, Parkitects also specializes in integrating play equipment into complex and playful site designs.