CMA’s Landscape Architecture and Planning studio focuses on developing vibrant public spaces to provide improved quality of life. Great public spaces play vital roles in a community’s resilience. Public spaces comprise the network of streets, plazas, parks, and places in our communities that form the public realm. These are the places where we spend time with friends, commute to work or school, exercise, play, form our social bonds, and live our public lives. CMA commits to designing public spaces contributing to a community’s health and well-being; equity and inclusion; economic development; and sustainability and resilience.
Urban parks are for people. In urban neighborhoods, their success can be measured by counting the number of people who use them. That’s what tells us whether parks are meeting the needs of the surrounding community. People need reasons to be in a park, whether that’s a great playground, a place for relaxing or playing games, an interesting performance, or simply a place to connect with neighbors. That’s why we begin our park development process by asking those communities what they want to do in the park, getting input and feedback on hundreds of possibilities.