LIFE (Living Independently For Ever) Mashpee is a non-profit organization that provides community services and independent living for adults with learning challenges. A campus landscape strategy was developed to create a thriving landscape for education, activity, and play, while also contributing to Mashpee’s natural ecologies.
Residents living on the LIFE campus have a range of mental and/or physical disabilities and require different social and campus living needs. Built over the past 20 years, the existing Mashpee LIFE campus is currently a non-engaging environment for its residents with no centralized outdoor community areas. After a series of charrette session with residents, parents, and staff, a prioritized list of needs and goals was created. The resulting landscape strategy creates a phased plan of small projects that LIFE can take on in small pieces. Therapeutic garden spaces, a new campus quad and a common area for vegetable growing were designed to get residents outdoors and foster community. Xeriscape and low maintenance gardening principals were used to create a sustainable landscape.
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