Millennials say they want to hang out with friends outdoors and enjoy views. Universities are responding to those needs. The Cal State San Marcos Student Union, for example, features a roof garden and outdoor terrace. The design by landLAB Landscape Architecture received an award from the San Diego American Society of Landscape Architects.
Squash, leafy greens and onions are the top edibles that millennials plant organically, according to The Home Depot’s 2015 Fall Gardening Survey. Lauren and Josh Swanson were surprised by this pumpkin plant that sprouted in the middle of their Texas yard.
Give millennials a rooftop and kitchen, and they'll gather. This rooftop courtyard in San Francisco is equipped with a community table and outdoor kitchen. Perennial herbs and small LED lights adorn the area. The American Society of Landscape Architects 2015 award-winning project is by Fletcher Studio.
Millennials tend to expect instant results. The lemons on this tree are testing gardener Lauren Swanson's patience. "These take forever to turn yellow. We're keeping the instructions on the plant so we're sure we don't kill it," she says.
Millennials are interested in outdoor spaces that provide a fantastic experience to socialize, to be alone and to commune with nature. In the Eastmark community in Arizona, the parks boast fire pits and moveable furniture and are designed to be extensions of front yards, according to design firm AndersonBaron, an Arizona American Society of Landscape Architects 2015 winner.
When millennials design a community, outdoor spaces are key. Diana Gruberg and Chunlan Zeng, as UPenn students, designed a settlement for the Navajo Nation, complete with an outdoor plaza and hydroponic farm. The project was a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
Harvard design students Carly Augustine and Nicolas Lee suggest in their rendering how the outdoors could be experienced within and around the home. With the shift to urban life, millennials are living in smaller, more condensed spaces, many times without private outdoor space, so their views of private/public indoor/outdoor are shifting, Augustine says. Their project won a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award.