The theme for the 2011 Annual Meeting and EXPO, October 30–November 1 in San Diego, is “Landscape Architecture Rising: Knowledge Vision Leadership,” and much of the programming will explore the numerous reasons why landscape architects are leading many of the most prestigious and challenging design commissions in the world today. Here are just a few of the design highlights and speakers:
- Both general sessions will focus on city design. Award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery has spent years gathering scientific evidence that the shape of a city can make or break the happiness of its inhabitants. He’ll present his findings and talk about his new book, Happy City, on Monday morning. On Tuesday morning, John King, Hon. ASLA, of the San Francisco Chronicle will moderate a lively panel discussion, asking, “How will we shape the New American City?” The panel will feature five thought leaders in urban design: Diana Balmori, ASLA; Maurice Cox; Andres Duany; Laurie Olin, FASLA; and Charles Waldheim, Affiliate ASLA.
Julie Bargmann, ASLA; Shane Coen, ASLA; and Martha Schwartz, ASLA
- No trip to San Diego would be complete without hearing from Joe Yamada, FASLA, whose work has shaped this beautiful city for more than half a century.
- The World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial opens this fall, 10 years after the heartbreaking tragedy that still haunts us today. Peter Walker, FASLA, will discuss the design, building, and political challenges of one of the most important landscapes in a generation.
- And, Mario Nievera and Mark Kramer will talk about Creating Ambient Landscapes that engage all human senses. There are dozens of other sessions to inspire and recharge attendees’ creativity.
More than 300 distinguished faculty members are participating in what promises to be the largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals in the world. Register before August 5 to get early-bird pricing on fees and tickets.