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Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS)

LATIS papers provide practicing landscape architects with technical information about new and evolving practices and products. These peer-reviewed papers are a key vehicle for members to share their expertise. LATIS is a product of the ASLA Fund, and all LATIS papers are available for free to ASLA members.

LATIS is also a convenient and affordable way to earn the professional development hours (PDHs) needed to meet state licensure requirements. Each LATIS paper enables you to earn PDHs by completing and passing a self-study exam. LATIS reports revised or published since 2007 follow the guidelines of the LA CES program (Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System). At this time, only the LATIS reports noted with the "LA CES" logo have been approved by LA CES.

ASLA members
may read the report for free and pre-pay a $40 processing fee for scoring the exam.
Non-members may purchase a LATIS report for $50 and pre-pay a $60 processing fee for scoring the exam.

Request to readers to evaluate LATIS reports: link is provided to an evaluation form on the exam associated with each LATIS report listed below. The evaluation is voluntary and anonymous. The evaluation is only for the LATIS report and not the associated exam.  

LATIS Reports

M - Free or discounted for Members
$ - Available to Non-Members for a fee

Planting Soils
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Planting Soils for Landscape Architectural Projects (2013) M, $

This technical manual, written by Barrett L. Kays, FASLA, provides instructional content and practical examples of how to apply modern soil science techniques to improve soils for landscape plants and the environment. The manual presents important soil concepts and how to apply them to the design of soils for both small and large landscape architectural projects. The publication is intended as a resource for independent study and to improve landscape architects’ understanding of soils and how to effectively manage soils on their projects.

3.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)
 
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Wayfinding 2013
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Wayfinding: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition (2013) M,$

David Raphael, ASLA, provides landscape architects with concepts and tools for planning, designing, and implementing wayfinding and public information systems. Topics include the origins of wayfinding, its components, human factors, the design process, recent innovations, and a sampling of wayfinding systems. Attention is given to the skills that landscape architects bring to the process of designing these systems. Throughout the publication, numerous photographs and other images illustrate and reinforce the concepts presented.

2.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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Therapeutic Garden Design
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LATIS Forum on Therapeutic Garden Design, 2nd Edition (2011) M,$

The LATIS Forum on Therapeutic Landscapes discusses the practice of creating landscapes to support human health and wellbeing. Authors explore how this practice area, rooted deeply in tradition, is evolving to meet modern needs arising from various life circumstances. Successful designs and the process to create them vary according to the special needs of user groups. Readers will learn how therapeutic landscapes provide benefits to all humans, both in clinical and institutional settings and in the matrix of everyday life.

3.5 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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Geographic Information Systems: Using the Tools for Informed Growth, 2nd Edition (2010) M,$

Karen Hanna, FASLA, reveals ways to identify appropriate existing datasets and use them as a baseline for recording current and prospective site conditions and uses. GIS techniques promote application of sophisticated scientific models to the landscape, and combine effectively with other digital technologies such as graphs and photo simulations. The results of GIS models are eminently useful for site planning, growth planning, and implementation phasing.

1.5 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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Reclamation Planning of Pits and Quarries, 2nd Edition (2010) M,$  

Anthony Bauer, FASLA, and Robert E. Ford, ASLA, discuss the mining and reclamation practices of the construction aggregate industry. As urban land users, mining companies face challenging issues in land use, environmental concerns, regulation, and community relations. These issues represent opportunities for the responsible involvement of landscape architects in reclamation planning processes and end use development. Reclamation planning elements and procedures are illustrated.

3.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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Successful Ecological Restoration (2008) M, $

Authors Lee R. Skabelund, ASLA; G.M. Kondolf; Craig W. Johnson; and Allegra Bukojemsky, ALSA, present  principles of ecological restoration, with a focus on how landscape architects can incorporate these principles into their projects, and how they can work with scientists to meet ecological restoration project goals. The importance of collaboration between designers, planners, scientists, and stakeholders in such projects is emphasized. An extensive resource list provides project examples from different ecosystems and regions of the U.S.

3.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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Integrating BIM Technology into Landscape Architecture (2008) M, $

James L. Sipes, ASLA, provides a detailed discussion about Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and the various tools that allow for the creation of detailed 3D models. These tools can simplify the process of designing complex spaces and allow design, planning, and construction disciplines to work seamlessly throughout a project. While BIM has traditionally been used in building construction, Sipes explains how various tools can be applied to landscape architecture. The LATIS also includes a comprehensive discussion of BIM standards, applications, and currently available programs. Highlighted are several projects to which BIM has been applied, along with numerous illustrations of its use.

2.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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Geographic Information Systems  
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Green Roof Infrastructure (2007) M,$

In this LATIS by Steven Peck, Honorary ASLA, of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, readers can learn about the history, benefits, design, construction, and maintenance of green roofs. The document also provides a series of project profiles, illustrating award-winning green roofs across North America. An expanded project profile tells the story of the development of ASLA’s green roof.

3.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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Security Design in a New Cultural and Legal Landscape (2006) M,$

Author Sean E. Michael, Ph.D., discusses security design principles and their applications, providing a framework for building skills and for judging when retention of a security specialist is appropriate. Increased understanding of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and its associated forms of security design will encourage readers to strategically integrate new tools of analysis into the design process.

5.0 PDHs

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Structural Soils

Structural Soils (2002) - DISCONTINUED  

Structural soils are a new medium to allow urban trees to grow in pavement. When soils are inadequate, plant growth suffers and trees die prematurely. This publication includes sections on soil terminology, site preparation, and installation of soil material. The authors are Jason Grabosky, Nina Bassuk and Peter Trowbridge, FASLA.


Design for Learning

Design for Learning: Values, Qualities and Processes of Enriching School Landscapes (2000), M,$

Julie M. Johnson, ASLA, AICP presents learning values of school landscapes, as well as design qualities and processes that may enrich these landscapes for children and community. Concepts and issues are introduced with literature references and examples. These concepts are used as a lens to view three Seattle case studies that illustrate varied contexts of school landscapes.

5.0 PDHs

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