Learning Labs

Visit ASLA's Learning Lab theaters for live product demonstrations—many offer 1 PDH.
Preview the latest innovations and technology offered by exhibitors.

Learning Lab 1

Saturday, November 16

Reducing the Cost of Urban Infrastructures: A Revolutionary Green Concept
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Techo-Bloc

Discover the revolutionary new INFLO concrete paver system, a versatile product for an extensive variety of surfaces. Developed primarily for industrial, commercial, and institutional applications, INFLO’s unique design allows for repetitive heavy vehicular traffic while maintaining the integrity of a permeable system.  INFLO is comparably priced to asphalt, inherently durable, and an ecological choice.

Speaker: Alexandre Cadieux is an ICPI certified instructor and Hardscaping Committee member for Landscape Ontario.


Emerging Trends in 3D Procedural Design: Modeling the Urban Landscape
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Esri

New digital tools are creating opportunities for buildings to be designed as an integral part of the urban ecosystem helping to create truly livable communities. Our learning lab will showcase how procedural modeling can help you increase design efficiency, reduce change orders, and communicate more effectively with clients and communities

Speakers: Eric Wittner and Brooks Patrick, 3D Solutions Engineers, Esri


Understand the What, Why, and How of Plumbbook.com
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Plumbbook

A new age historic preservationist and architectural professional will introduce a BIM inspired web-based project-information-modeling system that rocks conventional methods of AEC project management. Understand the what, why, and how behind Plumbbook.com and discover how its simplified approach to project information management will transform the AEC industry in this interactive Learning Lab experience.

Speaker: Patrick Caughey, Programmer/Owner of Plumbbook.com


Retrofitting Urban Streets: Lessons Learned Using Stormwater Planter Boxes
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Filterra/KriStar Alliance

This presentation provides designers, developers, and landscape architects with various alternative space-saving solutions to applying smaller, more compact “Green Street” flow-through planter boxes and tree box filters where and when available space is limited in a public roadway or street. Specific project examples using space-saving tree box filters and stormwater planter box systems will be provided along with detailed information on the proper design, components, installation and costs for applying stormwater planter box systems.

Speaker: Will Harris, Western Regional Engineer, KriStar Enterprises, Inc.


Responding to Design Needs: Versatility in Interlocking Concrete Pavement
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Techo-Bloc

Techo-Bloc’s launch of the new INDUSTRIA collection includes nine pavers and a slab system. INDUSTRIA responds to the design needs of industrial, commercial, and institutional markets. Explore the extensive scope of applications with our interlocking expert Pete Baloglou. From commercial plazas to livable roof decks, INDUSTRIA’s elegant and multipurpose qualities are the ideal pavers for any design plan.

Speaker: Peter Baloglou is an ICPI and NCMA certified instructor and committee member.


Smart Controller vs. Total Solutions
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rain Bird Corporation

Is a smart controller all you need or do you need to look at the entire system?


Sunday, November 17

Hillside Slide Chutes: The Marriage of Landscape and Play
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Columbia Cascade

Learn to design a wonderful hillside slide chute for your signature play space. Discussion will cover the physics of slides, plus how to select the right material, put waves and curves into your embankment slide, and ensure compliance with safety and accessibility standards. Installation requirements and estimated costs will also be covered.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show: The Making of a Show Garden
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Perfect Garden Group

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the premier horticultural event where gardening trends are created and standards in design, planting, and construction defined. Join British landscape and garden designer and five-time Chelsea exhibitor, Thomas Hoblyn, for a behind-the scenes look at the Show as he describes the journey to Chelsea from concept to creation.



How to Get More Design Projects: Marketing for Landscape Architects
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Get More Design Projects

Would you like to increase your visibility, target ideal customers and get more design projects? Learn simple, effective, implementable marketing strategies to increase your visibility, target your ideal clients, and get more design projects. Come and learn about the path to positive growth and increased profitability.


Winning Outdoor Kitchen Design: A Best Practices Seminar
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

This course covers the key principles of outdoor kitchen design with a focus on creating usable spaces that are well-designed for daily living. Participants will learn the key functional design principles for kitchen layout, including prep areas, storage, and equipment placement as well as specific and actionable guidelines developed through the years for outdoor kitchens.

LA CES Credit: 1 PDH HSW



How to Incorporate Lighting Into Your Landscape Designs
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Kichler Lighting

Lighting can stretch the value of good landscape design into the night and add a unique appreciation of the space after dusk. Kichler will discuss the addition of lighting to landscape design, show its impact, and share some products that can perform the tasks necessary to make a nighttime difference.



Learning Lab 2

Saturday, November 16

The Finishing Touches: Using Outdoor Fabrics in the Landscape
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Timber Press

Learn how to source, evaluate, and specify the ideal outdoor fabrics for your landscape project. This presentation, given by Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD, NCIDQ, will explain the importance of using the right fabrics in landscape design while delivering the information and guidance needed to confidently navigate the supply chain.


Good Specifications Make for Good Contract Documents
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
ARCOM

Hear specifications insights and tips to familiarize yourself with tools that speed up their production. Examples will illustrate product selection criteria, soil mixes, substitution procedures, installation requirements, initial maintenance, and warranty provisions.


Keys to a Successful Greenroof Project
2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Columbia Green Technologies

You’ve proposed a green roof on your project and the client is excited; how do you translate a conceptual idea into a successful installation? Learn the importance of defining priorities, choosing the appropriate system, planting techniques, effective irrigation and maintenance. Plus, tips for preserving the green roof during the value engineering process.


Moving from AutoCAD to Vectorworks
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

This session explores the simplicity and ease of migrating from AutoCAD to Vectorworks® Landmark software. Learn best practices for converting old detail libraries and updating standards. Plus, pick up additional tips about what to do with extensive libraries of SketchUp® models and how to use them in your Vectorworks drawings.


Sunday, November 17

Written Specs: Are They Correct?
9:45 am-10:45 am
Rain Bird Corporation

Are you using current and up to date specs or are you using old copies that will change your projects intent?


Emerging Trends in 3D Procedural Design: Modeling the Urban Landscape
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Esri

New digital tools are creating opportunities for buildings to be designed as an integral part of the urban ecosystem helping to create truly livable communities. Our learning lab will showcase how procedural modeling can help you increase design efficiency, reduce change orders, and communicate more effectively with clients and communities

Speakers: Eric Wittner, 3D Solutions Engineer, Esri; Brooks Patrick, 3D Solutions Engineer, Esri


Mycorrhizal Fungi: How to Harness Nature's Ultimate Sustainability System
1:30 pm - 2:30pm
Mycorrhizal Applications, Inc.

The presentation provides an enlightening opportunity for landscape architects and industry professionals to become more knowledgeable about important and beneficial organisms in the realm of plant and soil biology: Mycorrhizal fungi. Attendees will receive valuable information on how to harness these organisms in a wide variety of project situations.

LA CES Credit: 1 PDH HSW

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