Pomegranate Center

Case Study: Landscape Architecture, Weber Thompson

by Rachael Meyer

September 17, 2019

“I was grateful to have the Pomegranate framework to help define our role, and to better serve the community as they confirmed their core values and goals.”

 

Client: Rachael Meyer, Landscape Architect, Weber Thompson

Project: Othello Square – Campus in South Seattle

Background: In 2017, Rachael Meyer, Landscape Architecture Principal from Weber Thompson, was hired to work with the Othello community to create a campus that would serve the historically redlined neighborhood. This project’s purpose was to create a shared vision of what an equitable, economic development should look like in this community.

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I learned the Pomegranate Method just before a master planning effort for a multi-stakeholder project in South Seattle, called Othello Square. I was able to implement the training for our client to create a shared vision for the project. The stakeholders were largely community-based, but had varied interests and objectives, and represented 30+ groups that had already been working together for many years to make this project happen. Their visions were aligned but weren’t written into terms that would ensure their alignment through the design and construction phases that were just beginning.

Using the Pomegranate Method has influenced the way we work with our clients and is now included in our client care tools.

We have incorporated the tool into many of our project kick-off exercises, such as rating key words to quantify the priorities and goals for a project. It has been a great supplement to the typical red dot/green dot exercise that typically focuses on imagery. The exercises that we have incorporated the Pomegranate Method into always spark great conversation with our clients.

As a consultant, I feel a responsibility to come with answers for my clients; however, in certain circumstances the answers are best if they come directly from the client. I was grateful to have a framework that helped me understand why a process like this works. It has helped me be a fierce defender of the process, and also to trust that each outcome will be valuable, and to let the process guide the solutions.

While the Pomegranate Method is a community design tool, the definition of what makes a community can really be defined as any group or team with a common goal. I have found that the Pomegranate Method is a way to improve communication within any team. Landscape Architects often play a role in developing or confirming the goals of a project, and that comes down to conversations with the whole team. Communication is vital to achieving the best outcomes.”