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Education Sessions

90-minute education sessions will be offered from Sunday through Wednesday. 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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Sunday, October 30

Restoring the Human Dimension in Cities

A good city is like a good party: People stay longer when they are enjoying themselves. This session focuses on the human dimension of good cities, with illustrations from Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, and Copenhagen that tell inspirational stories about how humans thrive and what is sustainable.

  • Identify recent findings on what constitutes a more livable city today.
  • Describe innovative design concepts for transforming urban living.
  • Articulate to clients the human dimension of designing livable and sustainable cities.

Featured Speakers: Colie Hough-Beck ASLA, AIA, Hough Beck & Baird Inc.; Catherine Benotto ASLA, AIA, Weber Thompson

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

Financial Management—The Path to Profitability

Design firms should be both professionally fulfilling and financially successful. This session shows principals and project managers the basics of financial management using critical metrics available from the firm's financial reports. Better business management gives firms a stable financial footing, which in turn allows more attention to project development.

  • Understand how to set up and format properly an annual firm budget.
  • Develop an annual profit plan and project fee budget matrix that ensure a win-win negotiating strategy.
  • From profit-loss and balance-sheet statements, evaluate 11 performance indicators.

Featured Speaker: Steve Wintner, AIA, Management Consulting Services

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

Rethinking Substantial Completion: Alternative Approaches to Post-Planting Care

A project's success cannot be determined at substantial completion. It is determined over years of vegetation establishment. Landscape architects must assess construction before accepting it, all while developing strategies that support vigorous growth over time. This panel proposes a performance-based model for managing the transition from planting to long-term maintenance.

  • Gain insight on critical chemical and biological measures for successful plant establishment.
  • Assess planting-system performance prior to accepting the landscape contractor’s work.
  • Develop a road map of measurable performance targets, from planting to long-term viability.

Featured Speakers: Eric Kramer, ASLA, Reed Hilderbrand; Kelby Fite, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories; James Sottilo, Ecological Landscape Management; Robert Whitman ASLA, AICP, LEED AP, Gould Evans

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

The Next Generation of Net-Zero Park Design

The urban public realm and public spaces of tomorrow will reflect new efficiencies and accommodations practitioners would not have considered even a few years ago. Through case studies in both hot/dry and temperate regions, this session will present emerging strategies for design, implementation, and management that enhance site sustainability.

  • Learn of the expanding universe of net-zero options and design outcomes.
  • Review ways of ensuring that net-zero options are carried beyond construction to operation.
  • Become conversant with the cost and life-cycle benefits of net-zero options.

Featured Speakers: John "Bill" Taylor, ASLA, Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc.; Mark Walsh-Cooke, and Tom Kennedy, Arup Consulting Engineers

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

2011—An ADA Accessibility Odyssey

Refresh your knowledge of the 2010 universal accessibility standards and other guidelines for designing outdoor environments, including those that are state of the art even if not yet current code. This session includes an easy-to-use outline of pertinent ADA standards and a substantial bibliography and resource list for more detailed reference.

  • Review the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design applicable to landscape architecture.
  • Examine the 2010 ADA standards for recreational facilities and the draft final rule for federal outdoor areas.
  • Discover borderline issues and common errors related to application of the ADA standards.

Featured Speakers: Emily O'Mahoney ASLA, LEED AP, Gentile Holloway O'Mahoney & Associates; David Milligan FASLA, LEED AP, Charlotte County Facilities Construction & Maintenance Deptartment

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

U.S. Capitol Square: Olmsted's Legacy into the 21st Century

The recently completed Capitol Square Cultural Landscape Report sets a sustainable trajectory for a national icon inspired by the original Olmsted design. The Architect of the Capitol team will present the process, findings, and directions for maintaining the historic integrity and sustainability of the Capitol landscape for the coming century.

  • Learn the interdisciplinary process behind the Capitol Square Cultural Landscape Report.
  • Review the extensive documentation that reveals Omsted’s vision for the Capitol grounds.
  • Understand the application of Olmsted's design into the 21st century.

Featured Speakers: Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA, Heritage Landscapes; Martin Shore, AIA, and Theodore R. Bechtol Jr., Office of the Architect of the Capitol; Lonnie Hovey, AIA, Vitetta

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

Landscape, Public Policy, and the Mayors' Institute on City Design

The Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD) has helped 850 mayors use design to address the critical challenges facing their cities. In April 2011, MICD convened an unprecedented summit of thought leaders in design and public policy that generated recommendations for transforming America's cities. This session will consider those recommendations.

  • To understand the leading role for landscape architects in the creation of public policy that improves lives and transforms communities.
  • To explore how multi-disciplinary collaboration is promoting the development of holistic communities.
  • To learn methods for elevating the design conversation in cities.

Featured Speakers :Story Bellows, Mayors' Institute on City Design; Mark Dawson, ASLA, Sasaki Associates; Mami Hara, ASLA, WRT

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

Creating Aquatic Environments That Conserve, Clean, and Reuse Water

Designed water gardens, ponds, streams, and lakes are popular, yet can waste valuable water resources. Landscape architects have developed an array of ways to manage the collection, cleaning, and reuse of the water that charges these systems. You will leave this session knowing the best practices in water-feature conservation design.

  • Turn open spaces, ditches, and retention ponds into water gardens, estate ponds, and wetlands.
  • Design water features that minimize potable water use with minimal maintenance.
  • Sustainably use surface pollutants and nutrients to keep them out of the groundwater system.

Featured Speaker: David Duensing, Affil. ASLA, David B. Duensing & Associates Inc.; Anthony Archer-Wills, Anthony Archer-Wills, LLC; Christa Petzke, Firestone Specialty Products, LLC

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

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