How to create a new kind of outdoor recreation space
By James ParkerYoung, a 21-year-old graduate student at Columbia University in New York City, wanted to recreate an outdoor space like a nature reserve or park.
“I wanted to create something that is a space where people could come and spend time outdoors without worrying about people walking in and out of the park or seeing them, or people having to go into the park, because it’s a lot easier to do that on the bike than walking,” he said.
“In the case of a park, if you’re in a park and you’re doing a job, you can’t just walk out and walk off,” he continued.
“So I wanted to build something that’s more like a forest or a wilderness or a place where you can just sit and play.”
The project was born when Young, a student at the University of Maryland, wanted a place to hang out, but he had no idea how to build one.
“It was actually kind of like building a house,” he recalled.
“There’s no building instructions, no diagrams, no instructions on how to do it.
I just built it.”
His design, which was unveiled in January, has been adopted by a number of other designers and parks around the world.
He also wants to work with others in the design community to build more similar projects.
“It’s important for people to be able to be creative with their outdoor space,” he explained.
“I’m hoping that by sharing these ideas, we’ll be able create something for the future that’s a little bit more accessible to people who can’t afford a house or who don’t have a lot of space.
I want to help people get out there and enjoy nature, but I also want to get people out and enjoy the outdoors.””
The next step is to work on something that could be used for people’s own outdoor recreation, but also have a way for people who are in their homes to have something that they can come and use for the weekend,” Young said.
He believes this could be the next step for his own future designs, including one he is working on to turn a park into a living space.
“This is a design that could eventually be used to create an outdoor facility for people in their own homes or a space for people just to come out and be outdoors,” he added.
“The next steps are to figure out how to take that concept and apply it to a more permanent space, which could be a place like a house.”
The next stage for Young’s designs, which have been exhibited in many cities, is to bring his designs to the United States.
He hopes to bring them to the U.S. in the near future.
Young has applied for several grants, including the URS-17 Innovator Program, which allows students to take a project and apply for grants, but the program is not yet available to students in the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.
“My next project is to get it up to the US, and I think that would be a great next step,” he noted.
“But for now, I just want to focus on this work I’m doing and hopefully that the next project that I do will inspire others to do the same thing.”