Annual Meeting Keynotes to Focus on the Future of the City
Landscape Architecture Rising: Knowledge Vision Leadership

More than 6,000 landscape architecture professionals from across the United States and around the world will gather in San Diego October 30–November 2 for the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO. The theme for the meeting will be Landscape Architecture Rising: Knowledge Vision Leadership, acknowledging the rise in prestige for the profession and the leadership roles landscape architects are taking in major urban design projects. The two keynote sessions will focus on the future of the city.    
Happy City
Monday, October 31
8:00 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center

Charles Montgomery
Charles Montgomery
Can the shape of a city make or break the happiness of its inhabitants? Award-winning journalist and urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery has spent the past half decade searching for answers to that question and finding them in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics. He has discovered a striking relationship between the design of our minds and the design of our cities, a concept he lays out in his forthcoming book, Happy City. His message is as surprising as it is hopeful: Doomsayers have warned that action to tackle the urgent challenges of climate change and energy scarcity will lead us into decades of hardship and sacrifice. But evidence suggests the opposite: that the green city, the low-carbon city, and the happy city are the same place. Sponsored by Landscape Structures.

How Do We Shape the New American City?
Tuesday, November 1
8:00 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center

annual meeting collage
From left to right: John King, Hon. ASLA, Moderator, San Francisco Chronicle; Diana Balmori, ASLA, Balmori Associates; The Hon. Maurice Cox, University of Virginia; Andres Duany, FAIA, Duany Plater–Zyberk; Laurie Olin, FASLA, OLIN; Charles Waldheim, Affiliate ASLA, Harvard Graduate School of Design

San Francisco Chronicle Design Critic John King will moderate a lively panel discussion among five thought leaders in urban design, urban history, sustainability, New Urbanism, and Landscape Urbanism. In addition to her design credentials, Diana Balmori, ASLA, has a PhD in urban history. Maurice Cox has served as mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, and is the former director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts. Andres Duany cofounded the Congress for the New Urbanism. Laurie Olin, FASLA, is among the most prolific award winners in urban design today. Charles Waldheim, Affiliate ASLA, chairs Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and is an outspoken Landscape Urbanist. Sponsored by AECOM. 


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