“If I understand how the world works, I can make a difference.” This central theme is the foundation for Ocean Discovery Institure’s (ODI) Living Lab Facility. The Living Lab landscape provides for learning how the world works through the studies of biology, chemistry, agriculture, arts and geography.
Young people from urban and diverse backgrounds participate in science education programs at the Ocean Discovery Institute. Students engage through various programs (both programmed and self-guided) aimed at sparking interest and inquisition about their relationship to the regional environment. The building and landscape serve as metaphorical models of the relationships – providing a catalyst for learning. The landscape is open during all hours for community scientific research, stewardship and recreation.
The institute’s location at the beginning of Manzanita Canyon and Creek is an important physical and metaphorical connection to the greater San Diego region and watershed. The landscape design emphasizes this connection by actively displaying and highlighting the movement and relationship of stormwater to inspire users to learn more about their influence at a regional scale. The planting palette displays the immense seasonal and micro-climatic variation found in San Diego.