Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design in Phoenix
Phoenix to host 2012
ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO
Washington, D.C., September 20, 2012 – Phoenix, Ariz., will
serve as the host location of the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects
(ASLA) 2012 Annual Meeting and EXPO held at the Phoenix Convention Center September 28 to October 1. It is also
is home to award-winning landscape architects and sustainable design projects
and activities. Here are some examples:
- The ASLA
Arizona Chapter will team up with the local affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program for a
legacy project—upgrading the horticulture program greenhouse and building a
courtyard garden and outdoor kitchen for students at Metro Tech High School in
Phoenix. The chapter members will work with ACE mentor students and Metro Tech
students and faculty to upgrade the facilities for the horticulture and
culinary arts programs. Metro Tech and ACE students will participate in the Annual
Meeting’s opening general session held at 8 a.m., Saturday, September 29. Afterwards,
they will be taken to the EXPO tradeshow to meet the many vendors who donated
materials to the project.
- Phoenix-based landscape architect Steve Martino, FASLA, has earned an
international reputation for his pioneering design work with native plant
material and his development of a desert derived aesthetic and style. One of his firm’s projects, New Century Garden, will
receive a 2012 Honor Award during the Annual Meeting. Martino, who also
received ASLA’s Design Medal in 2006, will be a featured speaker at the Annual
- Phoenix-based landscape architect Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, will be a
featured speaker at the Annual Meeting. Her firm, Ten Eyck Landscape
Architects—based in Phoenix and Austin, Texas—will receive a 2012 Honor Award
during the Annual Meeting for designing the Polytechnic Academic Campus
at Arizona State University.
- The Arizona Department of Transportation and
Tempe-based Logan Simpson Design will receive a 2012 Honor Award for studies
that looked at the survivability of transplanted saguaros and tested a
technique for improving survival rates of salvaged ironwood trees. The award
will be presented at the Annual Meeting.
Dye, FASLA, and Past President of ASLA (2009), has ongoing projects in
Arizona. She once lived and worked in Phoenix, starting in 1987, and later
moved to Colorado. Her Telluride, Colo.-based firm, A Dye Design, Inc., served
as the coordinating landscape architects for the Central Phoenix/East Valley
Light Rail as well as designed the majority of the rail stations, all traction
power substations, signal facilities, transit centers and a park and ride. Dye
will be a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting and a guide during a walking
and light-rail tour of Phoenix.
- Phoenix-based Kristina Floor, FASLA, is a vice president at SmithGroupJJR, known
for providing innovative sustainable design solutions for many projects across
the nation. Her 30-year career aims specifically towards large mixed use
projects primarily within the Phoenix area, many of which have incorporated
street level roof gardens, raised terraces & green roof design. Her firm,
formerly named Floor Associates, received the ASLA 2008 General Design Honor
Award for its design of the Lost Dog Wash
Trailhead, Scottsdale. Floor will be a featured speaker at the Annual
Meeting and a guide during a tour of five healing gardens in Phoenix.
- Phoenix-based landscape architect Christopher Brown, ASLA, and vice
president at SmithGroupJJR, has been elevated to the ASLA Council of
Fellows for 2012. He will be recognized during a special dinner held
Sunday, September 30 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. Brown’s portfolio shows
his love and respect for nature, native materials and vernacular design. In the
mid-1980s, he established the Native Plant Protection Ordinance and Hillside
Overlay Method to protect the areas around Scottsdale and Phoenix from rampant
development. Those guidelines are still in use today.
Kinkade-Levario, ASLA, is a Phoenix-based landscape architect who won a
2006 Communications Honor Award for her book, Forgotten Rain:
Rediscovering Rainwater Harvesting (Granite Canyon Publications).
- Charles Anderson, FASLA, is a landscape
architect who works in both Phoenix and Seattle and is a visiting professor of
landscape architecture at Arizona State University. In 2006 his firm, Charles
Anderson Landscape Architecture, received the ASLA General Design Honor Award for
the Mount St. Helens
National Volcanic Monument, Coldwater/Johnston Recreation Complex, Castle
Rock, Wash., and the Residential Design Honor Award for designing the Tables of Water at
the Lake Washington Art House, Lake Washington, Wash.
- The Green Phoenix
plan is intended to transform Phoenix into the most sustainable city in
- Phoenix recently won a green infrastructure grant
from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO attracts an estimated 5,000
attendees and is the world’s largest annual gathering of landscape architecture
professionals and students. With the theme “Beyond Boundaries: Design,
Leadership and Community,” the 2012 event features more than 130 education
sessions, workshops, and field sessions, and provides attendees with up to 21
Professional Development Hours. The exposition will include the latest products
and services from nearly 400 exhibitors.
Here’s a collection of programs covering key areas of
interest to the Phoenix region:
Friday, Sept. 28
Heat Islands by Predicting Impacts of Urban Parks/Open Space” – Mitigating
extreme heat is critical to the quality of life in cities vulnerable to the
heat-island effect. This presentation is based on studies that have modeled
vegetation-based urban design and applies this current urban climatology
research to landscape architecture practice. 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Roof Design in Arid Regions” – Arid regions pose challenges for any
open-space design, especially in an urban environment. Heat, shade and water
are critical factors. Further, any over-structure installation poses potential
long-term problems. This session will present successful landscape design
solutions for green roofs in arid regions. 1:30
American Populations” - Arizona is home to 250,000 Native Americans in 21
federally recognized tribes, and they occupy over a quarter of the state'
lands. While Native Americans regard their reservation lands as a key to the
survival of Native American culture, most reservations are still
underdeveloped. This session will examine how landscape architects are advancing
the development of Native American communities economically, socially and
politically, with the transformative tools of their profession. 1:30 p.m.
- 3 p.m.
Calculating for Rainwater Harvesting” - Cities are challenged to provide
potable water to growing populations. Urban landscapes are being compromised
because funding is being cut for operations and maintenance of public spaces.
This session will cover how landscape architects can address both problems
through rainwater harvesting and integrated irrigation design. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Overrated?” - Greater environmental awareness has designated native plant
species as intrinsically superior choices to non-natives. Increasing
disagreement among practitioners and scientists begs for a timely debate on the
facts and opinions. This session offers a careful, no-nonsense and open
re-evaluation of this contentious issue. 11
a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Reclaiming Public Space in the Metropolis” – Dense urban communities seem
to lack open space, even while alleys and medians sit idle. Urban designers can
creatively incorporate these in-between spaces. This session will highlight
ways to transform underused public spaces by layering innovative design with
dynamic, social places for people. 11
a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Villages, Towns and Cities for Greater Pedestrian and Bicyclist Mobility” –
The last half century of development in most cities, towns and villages has not
been kind to walkers and bicyclists. This session will introduce pedestrian-
and bicyclist-friendly retrofitting concepts for rural, suburban and urban
applications to make bicycling and walking more enjoyable. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1
Designs for Hot Cities: Site Strategies to Mitigate the Urban Heat Island” – Urban
heat and poor air quality are already a major cause of asthma and mortality in
dense urban areas. Neighborhoods with less vegetation suffer from higher
nighttime temperatures as well. This session will introduce the latest research
on how design can cool urban hot spots. 8
Evolution of Native Plant Palette and Aesthetic: From Discovery to Design” During the past two decades there has been a
complete transformation in the plant palette and design aesthetic for
Southwestern landscapes. Learn how plant explorers, growers, educators and
landscape architects have partnered to accomplish a widespread shift toward
sustainable and regionally sensitive landscapes. 3:30
- 5 p.m.
Capitals: Landscape Architects Take Charge!” - Landscape architects are
providing state capitals with a sustainable vision through the EPA's Greening
America's Capitals program. The EPA hires landscape architects to provide
design assistance to five state capitals a year to enhance streets and public
spaces and inspire state leaders to expand this work. 3:30
- 5 p.m.
“Papago Park Regional
Master Plan: Planning the Future for a Great American Park” - This
presentation is a case study on how Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale joined forces
with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to undertake a regional
master plan for a tremendous public asset that had not completed a park-wide
master plan in its 50-year history. 3:30 - 5
“Journey of an All
America Road: SR 179 Through Sedona's Red Rock Country” - With the widening
of scenic State Route 179 through Arizona's Red Rock Country, the story became:
What happens when a polarized community rejects plans for widening a nine-mile
roadway because of environmental and community concerns? Needs-based
implementation planning achieved the successful community collaboration. 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Working journalists attending the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO for editorial coverage are eligible to
receive complimentary media credentials. The media credentials provide access
to the EXPO floor, general sessions, education sessions and the working press
room with computers, internet access and refreshments.
Media interested in attending should contact Karen Trimbath
at email@example.com with their name,
address, email, phone number, title and media organization. Due to limited
space, journalists are strongly encouraged to register well in advance. All
requests are approved upon a case-by-case basis, and ASLA may require
additional documentation for credentials. For any questions, contact Karen Trimbath.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional
association for landscape architects, representing nearly 16,000 members in 48
professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to
lead, to educate and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning
and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the
Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and
their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more
about landscape architecture online at www.asla.org.