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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Saturday 11:00–12:30

Luminous Landscapes: An Artist’s Approach to Design

Join hybrid artist/lighting designer Leni Schwendinger on a survey of international, luminous environments. Her simple definition of artist and designer frees up creativity in a spectrum of applications.  Her thesis that risk-taking leads to discovery for the creator and participant is demonstrated through a number of quick project examples—including fabulous proposals—and concludes with in-depth case studies.  Imagery and stories elaborate her approach: interpret site through research, consider the visitor experience, and explore new territory.

Learning Objectives

  • Take away a simple tool to distinguish art from design
  • Gain an understanding of collaboration among peer designers
  • Learn how to evaluate the use of colored light for site illumination

Featured Speaker: Leni Schwendinger, Light Projects, Inc.

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

Fresh Kills Park: An Extraordinary 21st Century Urban Landscape

Nothing about Fresh Kills Park is ordinary: location, history, scale, topography, hydrology, habitats, wildlife, and charged politics. Yet the park has developed its own powerful genius loci. Despite decades of extreme intervention, nature has found a way to flourish. Well before its closure as a landfill, the park began to develop on its own, leading to the creation of one of the most extraordinary urban landscapes of the 21st century.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about landfill reclamation issues and techniques
  • Learn about the ecology of the New York Metropolitan area
  • Learn about the public process in New York

Featured Speakers: Tatiana Choulika, ASLA, and Ellen Neises, james corner field operations

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

Inside the LA Studio with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Repeat, see Fri-D1 for description.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Green Capitols Program: Green Infrastructure at All 50 Capitols

In November 2008, the U.S. EPA initiated the U.S. Green Capitols Program to explore how green infrastructure, such as green streets and parking lots, can be implemented at all 50 state capitol campuses throughout the U.S. Though in its early phases, this program is quickly growing in popularity. Landscape architects in the U.S. are central to the future success of the program, and this presentation explains how the program works, what green infrastructure opportunities exist at state capitols, and how landscape architects can get involved locally.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how the U.S. Green Capitols Program works and how to get involved
  • Discover green infrastructure opportunities that exist at state capitol campuses
  • Explore currently built U.S. Green Capitols projects and discuss lessons learned

Featured Speakers: Kevin Perry, ASLA, Nevue Ngan Associates; Jenny Molloy, U.S. EPA-Water Permits Division; Nissa Dean, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

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

The Art of Planting Design

Plants bring inspiration, joy, and beauty into our lives, feeding the soul and connecting us to the natural world. Although landscape architects are increasingly proficient with the tools and techniques of ecologically sustainable design, are we equally proficient in the art of planting for beauty and delight? Join three award-winning landscape architects who are distinguished in the fine art of planting design and learn how to create works of landscape artistry with plants.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to co-join classical beauty with environmental health and sustainable design
  • Develop a visual vocabulary based on the principles of fine arts in planting design
  • Explore the use of new and uncommon plants to create horticultural artistry

Featured Speakers: W. Gary Smith, ASLA, W. Gary Smith Design Inc.; Eric Groft, ASLA, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates; Brooks Kolb, ASLA, Brooks Kolb Landscape Architecture; Craig Bergmann, ASLA, Craig Bergmann Landscape Design

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

Exploring Productive Urban Landscapes Through Urban Agriculture

Can agriculture contribute to positive environmental benefits in urban areas? This panel will explore urban agriculture as a productive urban landscape; explain open farm, enclosed farm, and semi-enclosed farm urban agricultural models; identify metrics for assessing urban agriculture benefits; and examine how the New York Restoration Project is using this research to inform the design of the Bronx Urban Farm site. Discussion will reveal how scale and replication can leverage the influence of small urban landscapes.

Learning Objectives

  • Define open-landscape and enclosed-, and semi-enclosed-structure urban agriculture
  • Understand the benefits, constraints, and opportunities of each
  • Learn tactics for replication and metrics of success

Featured Speakers: Andrew Lavallee, ASLA, AECOM; Ashley Willhite, New York Restoration Project; Jana McKenzie ASLA, LEED-AP, AECOM

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

Energy Strategies for Sustainable Communities

Issues of energy use and carbon emissions are at the forefront of public planning policy as communities confront the challenges of climate change.  This session is organized as a primer to explore the integration of sustainable energy strategies from the earliest stages of planning to ensure heightened environmental performance at the building, site, and community scale.  The speakers will use master planning case studies to address energy use, passive design strategies, and renewably sourced supply.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop fluency in energy issues related to planning and design
  • Take home a checklist on evaluating LED qualities at the earliest stages of planning and design
  • Understand the integrated relationship of planning and systems engineering

Featured Speakers: Diane Dale, ASLA, William McDonough + Partners; Peter Sharratt,
WSP Group

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

Great Pictures Tell Your Story: Using Landscape Architecture Photography Today

Landscape architects wanting to use photography to promote their businesses need to know the most effective techniques for publications, web sites, digital A/V presentation, and awards submissions. The presenter—a photographer and author of A Clearing in the Woods: Creating Contemporary Gardens, featuring gardens by Oehme, van Sweden; Stephen Stimson; Raymond Jungles, and others—will decode digital terminology and describe requirements for various promotional and publication uses as well as the considerations unique to garden photography.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to evaluate technical and aesthetic elements of landscape architecture photography
  • Understand the differences among different digital formats, settings, and uses
  • Plan a successful garden photo shoot to capture the essence of the design

Featured Speaker: Roger Foley, Affiliate ASLA, Roger Foley Photography

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/ non-HSW, FL

Site Furnishings: Connecting People to the Landscape

Site furniture, especially seating, is important to the overall utility, enjoyment, and success of many urban spaces, but relatively little attention has been paid to the subject in books, research, and academic programs. This session will focus on furniture solutions and how furniture can be incorporated into the outdoor space design to attract people, lengthen their stay, and enhance their experience in a variety of urban settings.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the importance of site furnishings to the success of outdoor spaces
  • Learn how the most intensively managed U.S. outdoor space serves 5 million per year
  • Learn the importance of thoughtful furnishing choices and view specific examples

Featured Speakers: Bill Main, Hon. ASLA, Landscape Forms, Inc; Thomas Balsley, FASLA, Thomas Balsey Associates; Jerome Barth, Bryant Park Corporation, 34th Street Partnership, Chelsea Improvement Company; Kathryn Gustafson, ASLA, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd

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

Landscape Performance Tools: Metrics for Culture and Environment

Most people know about building performance, but few outside the profession appreciate landscape performance and the contribution landscape solutions make to sustainability. This session will provide tools to help you quantify the benefits of your projects to demonstrate landscape performance to a wider audience and increase your impact. Panelists will use case studies to differentiate between sustainability features and metrics for showing environmental, social, economic, and esthetic benefits of high-performing landscapes. 

Learning Objectives

  • Use the concept of landscape performance to reach decision makers
  • Learn the tools and available resources to quantify landscape benefits
  • Recognize the essential role of design esthetics in high performance landscapes

Featured Speakers: Barbara Deutsch, ASLA, and Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation; Debra Guenther ASLA, LEED AP, Mithun; Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, University of Virginia

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


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