Shortly after the foundation of DRAW Landscape Studio we founded a non-profit section of the studio entitled project re_DRAW. The purpose of this section of the studio was to create a new platform in order to provide free design services to those impacted by the Black Forest Fire of 2013. Since then we've expanded this section to serve the community at large in a wide variety of ways. Please continue to read on to see how project re_DRAW has given back to the community. We will continue to look for other opportunities to help provide design assistance to other communities in need.
In light of the recent tragic events in Black Forest, Colorado DRAW Landscape Studio has created a new free service to those impacted by the Black Forest Fire, entitled project re_DRAW. As a resident of north Colorado Springs it's hard not to be impacted in one way or another by the recent Colorado wildfires. Upon moving back to this beautiful, majestic region in June of 2012 we were subjected to the effects of Waldo Canyon Fire and were unable to move into our home given the harsh impact and surrounding environment. We turned towards the north side of the City and felt safer from the danger of wildfire only to find ourselves being evacuated due the Black Forest Fire. We were among the fortunate ones not to have lost property, memories nor our home. Now DRAW Landscape Studio would like the chance to give back to this wonderful community. We are launching a new section of DRAW Landscape Studio called project re_DRAW dedicated solely to helping those who lost their place of nature in the Black Forest Fire. We would like to provide landscape design consultations, site walk & analyses of existing conditions and master landscape design plans at no cost. We would be extremely pleased and humbled to have the opportunity to work with home owners to create a new vision for their land, yard, or natural space.
The re_DRAW Studio is expanding! During the Summer of 2013, in the wake of the Black Forest Fire, DRAW Landscape Studio launched a new studio, called re_DRAW. This new studio had the sole purpose of helping victims of the fire recreate their landscapes while the community rebuilt. The amazing resilience of our community has resulted in 60% of damaged homes being rebuilt within two years. This remarkable growth has been infectious, inspiring project re_DRAW to reprise its role and expand its efforts back into the greater Colorado Springs community. What began as an opportunity to give back to the community through design and architecture on a home by home scale has grown into a community wide donation of time, design and civic pride. DRAW Landscape Studio is currently helping aid in the design of the Learning Gardens at The daVinci Academy. Based solely on volunteer time and services, the landscape is evolving. See below for the initial design plans.
After our article about the TDVA Learning Garden was published in Landscape Architecture and Specifier News, we were contacted by a local artist who wanted to contribute a wind sculpture to the Natural Systems segment of the garden. We were beyond thrilled, and now the garden is home to a stunning one of it's kind wind harp!
In January of 2002, nearly 1,000 homes and several local businesses were destroyed in another Colorado wide fire. A rare occurrence during the winter, an estimated 35,000 residents were evacuated due to the 6,000-acre Middle Fork and Marshall Fires that started on December 30 and tragically spread around Superior, Louisville and unincorporated Boulder County. DRAW Landscape Studio has graciously volunteered landscape architectural design services to those residents directly impacted by yet another tragic wildfire. If you have been impacted and are in need of plans, design ideas, plant selection or other landscape architectural needs please reach out and we would be glad to help you in your rebuilding process.
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