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Nature-Deficit Disorder: Why Green Spaces for People Are So Important

August 15, 2022 2:06 pm Published by

For much of human history, time was spent predominantly outdoors. In the beginning, we mostly lived outside—in the woods, the fields, the open expanses. And even in decades as recent as the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, we spent ample time exploring in the open air.   But with the advent of so much incredible technology within the home, we have experienced a shift in how we spend our time, both in childhood and beyond. Now, there are literally endless options for things to do in the palms of our hands. We find avenues of play on iPads in toddlerhood. Schoolwork is made possible by Google. Our work life demands that we stay very much glued to our screens. The conversations that connect us with friends and family are so often centered on the shows we’re all watching.  We live, undeniably, in quite a novel age. But all this technology keeps us indoors, away from nature. And we should still prioritize nature where we can. Because our mind and body crave it. Without it, a sense of disconnectedness and loss sets in. It’s called Nature-Deficit Disorder.  What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder?  In 2005, Richard Louv introduced the concept and coined the term in […]

How Landscape Architecture Can Better Combat Air Pollution

July 18, 2022 4:35 pm Published by

There are many goals for an ideal landscape. First, you certainly want it to be aesthetically pleasing. Second, you need to ensure it is enjoyable for people to use, or at the very least, safe for them to navigate. Next, you may want to design it to be easy to maintain. You could also craft a landscape that makes the best use of natural resources like water. But lastly, and often overlooked, you should design a landscape that can better combat air pollution.   Altogether, it’s a tall order. That’s why we have become experts at executing just such ideal landscape architecture for our clients here at Jerry Pate Design. But today, we’re going to break it down and help you to explore the final of those goals. Here is how landscape architecture can better combat air pollution.  You Can Combat Air Pollution by Being Thoughtful About Plant and Tree Selection Mother Nature herself can’t always decide precisely which plants and trees will go where. One wishes she could, because certain plant varieties can have an immense impact on clearing air pollution. You can help by doing this for her!  Plants and trees purify the air by both removing pollutants and […]

Brad Alexander Honored with the Eric Doelker Memorial Award

May 28, 2022 3:11 pm Published by

Jerry Pate Design is proud to announce that Brad Alexander, one of our design associates and our resident Certified Irrigation Designer, has been recognized for his exemplary service to others. Brad was awarded the Eric Doelker Memorial award for outstanding leadership during his graduation with the Leadership Pensacola Class of 2022. The award is presented to the one class member whose “actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, do more, and become more.” At Jerry Pate Design, he faithfully leads our project design and construction teams in selfless dedication to our clients and project end users. It is an honor to work with Brad as we continue to create more and more wonderful and exciting spaces for our communities to enjoy.

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Project Update: Brownsville Park Charrette

November 2, 2021 8:04 pm Published by

On October 25, our team here at Jerry Pate Design collaborated with Sustainable Town Concepts to host a charrette with members of the Pensacola community. The topic of discussion was the forthcoming Brownsville Park project, for which we are in the design phase now.  When we are creating public outdoor spaces for locals to enjoy, it is so important for us to gain their perspectives. We were delighted by the chance to hear feedback and opinions from the very people who will be patrons of Brownsville Park in the future.   As a part of the Pensacola Design Project, Jerry Pate Design is donating our time and effort to make these Brownsville Park improvements. Upon completion, the L-shaped property may feature a playground, pavilion, picnic areas, and more.   We’re excited to break ground soon!   Photography Courtesy of Escambia County Community and Media Relations.  

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The Social Benefits of Green Spaces (#3 Changes a Whole Community)

July 9, 2021 4:52 pm Published by

Last month, we discussed the overall importance of incorporating green spaces into your landscape architecture. This month, we’re diving even deeper into the topic, to talk about the social benefits of green spaces!   Keep reading to learn about three major ways green spaces contribute to healthy community connection.  #1 Green Spaces Invite Us to Gather Our technological world increasingly encourages us to disconnect from nature and one another. Beautiful green spaces do the opposite! They welcome neighbors to share in a spring picnic, parents to engage in nature learning with their children, and fitness seekers to walk or jog amongst the trees with a friend.  Humans are meant to connect face to face, and when we do so, we see the positive outcomes in our communities. According to an article by Build Healthy Places Network, “An increasing body of evidence shows that the time people spend in urban green spaces promotes human connection, thereby enriching how we perceive the value of these spaces and each other.” And when we value something, we take better care of it.  So you see, having an easy and inviting place to meet up with friends, coworkers, and neighbors doesn’t just accommodate our own social […]