Education Sessions

90-minute education sessions will be offered from Friday through Monday. Each session is 1.5 professional development hours (PDH). Unless otherwise noted, the instruction level of the education sessions will be intermediate or advanced, appropriate for an experienced, professional audience. The ASLA Fund supports ASLA research, library, archives, awards, and professional education programs.

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Monday 1:30–3:00

Lawrence Halprin and the Creative Process
(Post-Bicentennial, 1976)

Much has been written about Lawrence Halprin’s early projects, such as Sea Ranch and Freeway Park. But, with the exception of the Roosevelt Memorial, very little has been written about the office’s post-Bicentennial work and the creative process that was applied by a staff of young landscape architects. The panelists for this session have nearly four decades of combined experience on all of Halprin’s career capstone projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how landmark municipal landscapes came to be
  • Learn how Halprin’s creative process was applied
  • Understand how the office operated during its last three decades of practice

Featured Speakers: Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, The Cultural Landscape Foundation; Steven Koch, ASLA, Koch Landscape Architecture;  Andrew Sullivan, ASLA, The Office of Cheryl Barton; Paul Scardina, FASLA, The PresidioTrust

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, AIA, NY/HSW, FL

Inside the Australian LA Studio

Contemporary landscape architecture in Australia—a lively network of European and Pan-Asian design practices—is surprisingly unknown in the U.S. The entire continent’s cosmopolitan cities fall along a narrow band of temperate coast and have been the locus for a creative, ambitious urban landscape culture. This session highlights memorable and sustainable reclaimed industrial waterfronts, interstate highways, and botanical gardens; examines the work of two award-winning firms; and considers the broader design culture of Australian landscape architecture practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the culture and context of contemporary Australian landscape architecture
  • Learn about two of the most respected landscape architecture firms in Australia
  • Consider the differences in attitude and experience between Australian and U.S. firms

Featured Speakers: Anton James, James Mather Delaney Design; Perry Lethlean, Taylor Cullity Lethlean; Julian Raxworthy, Queensland University of Technology; Moderator: Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, University of Virginia

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, NY/HSW, FL

Biophilic Design: How Living Buildings and Landscapes Enhance Environmental Health

Presented with great success at the 2009 Greenbuild conference, but geared toward landscape architects for ASLA, this session will explore "a visionary path to a restorative future." The concept of biophilia can permeate every facet of planning and design, celebrating the regional landscape, ecological restoration, appropriate horticulture, and buildings that reach out and interact with the landscape. This approach will allow us to create landscape designs that are far more beautiful, complex, and engaging than either traditional or sustainable landscape architecture.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the definition of biophilic design and how to implement it in living landscapes
  • Learn to designing landscapes that serve as learning tools for all stakeholders
  • Learn the latest trends in biophilia and increasingly elevated sustainability benchmarks

Featured Speakers: Nadav Malin, Environmental Building News - BuildingGreen, LLC; Carol Franklin, FASLA, Andropogon Associates; Bill Browning, LEED AP, Terrapin/Bright Green LLC; Keith Bowers, ASLA, Biohabitats, Inc.

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, AICP, AIA, NY/HSW, FL

Water’s Edge: The Connection Between Urban Fountains
and People

Repeat, see Sun-B4 for description.

Rescuing Urban Rivers: Restoring the Cities’ Lifeblood

Rivers are cities’ lifeblood, yet urban rivers have long been abused and neglected. This session will explore river restoration processes currently in progress in Dallas, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, and Boston. Taking full advantage of a river as a vital resource requires innovative strategies for gaining a wide base of institutional support and for outreach into local communities—including government agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Projects presented highlight specific examples within a variety of backdrops.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the groundwork required to raise public awareness of the rivers’ potential
  • Address opportunities to renew rivers’ environmental qualities and open spaces
  • Understand how improving the quality of life fosters economic growth and civic pride.

Featured Speakers: Deborah Weintraub, AIA, LEED AP, Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles; Gail Thomas, Trinity Trust Foundation;  David Pargament, Yarqon River Authority; Humberto Parra Ramos, Magdalena and Eslava River Rescue; Renata von Tscharner, The Charles River Conservancy

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, AICP, AIA, NY/HSW, FL

Sustainable Planting Strategies and Cultivated Ecologies

Adaptive and native plantings, emergent species, and low-maintenance vegetation are the watchwords of contemporary planting approaches. Ecologically impoverished, high-maintenance monocultures are giving way to successional and diverse palettes. Recent projects reveal a specific interest in fostering plantings driven by intense programmatic and cultural demands. What frameworks are required to design and maintain these cultivated ecologies? This session will examine projects where landscape architects devised expressive solutions to these challenges.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how landscapes incorporate successional plantings and emergent vegetation
  • Learn how to develop low maintenance and sustainable planting strategies
  • Gain insight into how adaptive ecologies are managed and promoted

Featured Speakers: Beka Sturges, ASLA, Reed Hilderbrand Associates; Elizabeth Fain, james corner field operations; Matthew Urbanski, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, NY/HSW, FL

U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Renewable Energy: Scenery Management, Social Barriers, and the Landscape Architect

Public concern for scenery protection is an underpinning social barrier to renewable energy development on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This session’s panel will review the BLM’s policy and procedures for managing the visual environment, discuss the social barriers to the landscapes produced by renewable energy development, and identify opportunities for landscape architects to be more professionally involved with the renewable energy industry.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand BLM policy and procedures for managing the visual value of public land
  • Grasp the challenges of selecting suitable sites for renewable energy development
  • Get involved in these opportunities with the federal government and private industry

Featured Speakers: John McCarty, ASLA, and Tom Lahti, U.S. DOI—Bureau of Land Management; Martin Pasqualetti, Arizona State University; Kate Schwarzler, ASLA, Otak, Inc

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, AICP, NY/HSW, FL

The Downtown Complete Street: Implementing Portland’s
SW Montgomery Green Street

The SW Montgomery Green Street demonstrates an emerging urban street design for which Portland, Oregon, is receiving international recognition. This presentation describes in detail the various green street elements throughout the SW Montgomery corridor, showcases the blocks that have been built to date, discusses how the Oregon Sustainability Center and other redevelopment projects are seamlessly integrated into the streetscape plan, and illustrates how this project implementation will serve as a new concept for street design and placemaking.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the stormwater strategies found within the SW Montgomery Green Street Plan
  • Learn how public/private partnerships are helping redevelop a downtown Ecodistrict
  • Learn how design and policy elements can be transferred to other downtown streets

Featured Speakers: Kevin Perry, ASLA, Nevue Ngan Associates; Emily Hauth, City of Portland Sustainable Stormwater Management Program; Ernest Tipton, Portland State University

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, AICP, AIA, NY/HSW, FL

Early Deadline

July 1, 2010

Advance Deadline

August 6, 2010


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