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  • July 18, 2022

As the landscape architect for a sensory garden at Elks Children’s Eye Clinic in Portland, Ore., Mayer/Reed (Portland) considered ways to create a welcoming environment for children whose sight may be limited.

The firm studied design opportunities for the new facility, which is adjacent to the Casey Eye Institute on the Oregon Health & Science University campus.

That process included posing questions to pediatric eye specialists. Questions addressed how tactile qualities and perceptions of color could help enrich the experience. They also explored how the site design could offer a sense of interest through color, textured surfaces, and nature elements.

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