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PPN Online Learning: Spring Series Program Highlights

 The first of a bi-annual series of webinars hosted by ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks, these distance learning opportunities are scheduled during the same week, creating a “virtual conference.” Full presentation information is now online with registration opening soon. (http://www.asla.org/OnlineLearning.aspx)

Here are details for four of the 11 confirmed presentations:

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Welcome to Planet Earth! Designing Nature into Early Childhood
Hosted by the Children's Outdoor Environments PPN
Why is direct experience of the natural world important for young children? How can landscape architects become effective leaders in the children and nature movement and promote landscape design as an evidence-based preventive health strategy? Who are the clients? The webinar will identify opportunities for landscape architects to be involved in creating nature-based spaces in early childhood institutions. Key design concepts, strategies, and principles will be introduced that may lead to successful design solutions.

Speakers:

  • Nilda Cosco, North Carolina State University College of Design
  • Robin Moore, North Carolina State University College of Design.

3D Modeling: Where are we at and where are we going?
Hosted by the Digital Technology PPN

Speaker:
David Leonard, senior associate with KTU+A Planning and Landscape Architecture

The past year has seen some significant advances in visualization capabilities. Most notably, 3D software has made huge strides supporting landscape architecture objectives. This discussion will explore these advances while providing an overview of current capabilities and what the future may hold for our profession.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate workflow that provides the most effective means to meet client needs.
  • Match the right tools and process to the project or work products.
  • Compare the various technologies based on task.
  • Understand technological advances, future trends, and the impact on landscape architects.

Bridging the Landscape of Autism
Hosted by the Healthcare and Therapeutic Design PPN

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are increasingly present today, and this session will clarify the many related opportunities and obstacles this presents in placemaking. It will suggest best-management practices to accommodate and integrate individual needs in private and public spaces during analysis and conceptual design.

Speakers:

  • Julie Sando, founder, Autistically Inclined & Natural Play Therapy
  • Brian Johnston, founder, Square Root Design Studio
  • Tara Vincenta, principal and founder, Artemis Landscape Architects Inc.
  • Vince Lattanzio, president, Carducci Landscape Architects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create mutual- and self-respect for the entire community through education and accommodation.
  • Improve communication by connecting individuals with ASD to the rest of the community.
  • Provide sensory integration and reduce isolation in increments each child can control.

Ecological Restoration Planning / Design Guidance and a Discussion of Related Global & National Issues
Hosted by the Reclamation and Restoration PPN

This webinar will highlight ecological restoration planning/design principles and guidelines drawn from the "Successful Ecological Restoration" Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series report (ASLA 2008) and other recent publications. Important ecological restoration issues relevant to designers throughout the world will be addressed by Keith Bowers, who has led work on ecological restoration and conservation planning/design projects across the U.S. and has helped guide the Society for Ecological Restoration for many years.

Speakers:

  • Lee R. Skabelund, Kansas State University
  • Keith Bowers, Biohabitats Inc.


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