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ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Oct. 7 - 10, 2005

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 2005 Annual Meeting & EXPO > General Sessions

 

We have some exciting General Session speakers lined up for this year’s meeting! On Saturday, hear from The Honorable Joseph P. Riley Jr., Honorary ASLA. On Sunday, Laurie D. Olin, FASLA, one of the most distinguished landscape architects practicing today, will discuss some of his high profile projects around the globe. Join the Student General Session on Monday for a presentation by Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis. On Monday afternoon, 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Muta Maathai (invited) will talk about her efforts to help women plant more than 20 million trees in East Africa.

Opening General Session
Saturday, October 8
8:30 am-10:00 am
Broward County Convention Center
Meeting badge required.

The Honorable Joseph P. Riley Jr., Honorary ASLA

The Honorable Joseph P. Riley Jr., Honorary ASLA, mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, has earned national acclaim for revitalizing Charleston’s downtown area and restoring the city’s rich design heritage for generations to come. At the same time, he has carefully planned for future development to ensure protection of the built and natural environments. A firm believer that a city’s mayor is its chief urban designer, Riley helped establish the Mayors’ Institute for City Design (MICD) in 1986. Since that time, the MICD has provided urban design information and support to more than 600 mayors from cities across America.

Jeff Speck, Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts and coauthor of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, will give a brief overview of the Mayors’ Institute. Mayor Riley will deliver the keynote address and discuss the importance of design excellence in the public realm.

Sponsored by Landscape Structures.

General Session
Sunday, October 9
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Broward County Convention Center
Meeting badge required.

Laurie D. Olin, FASLA

Laurie D. Olin, FASLA, is one of the most distinguished landscape architects practicing today. Olin's work deals largely with the transformation of the ordinary, taking commonplace elements and making them extraordinary. His broad range of work includes Bryant Park and Battery Park City in New York, The J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles, new squares in London, housing in Frankfurt, commercial development in Barcelona, and major planning and design projects at academic institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Stanford University, MIT, and the University of Virginia. He has written widely on the history and theory of architecture and landscape, receiving the Bradford Williams medal for landscape architecture writing in 1991. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, both nationally and abroad. Olin has long been involved in professional education and currently is Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

Student General Session
Monday, October 10
9:45 am-11:15 am
Broward County Convention Center
Meeting badge required.

All Annual Meeting registrants are welcome to attend the Student General Session, featuring Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis, the New York City-based magazine of architecture, culture, and design. Szenasy’s feature presentation, entitled, “Ethics in Design: What are your core values?” is one of the curriculum cornerstones at New York’s Parsons School of Design, where she teaches design history and design ethics. Since Szenasy’s tenure as chief editor, the magazine has gained international recognition and has won numerous awards. She is the author of several books on design, including The Home and Light. Szenasy is a frequent lecturer and panel moderator on broad-ranging design topics, and the guiding light behind Metropolis' conferences (which she also facilitates), including Wonderbrands, Wonderbrands West and Net@Work, and Business UnUsual. She is the co-founder of Rebuild Downtown Our Town, a coalition of New York City organizations and individuals that came together after the 9/11 tragedies to contribute their expertise to building the 21st century metropolis at the site of the former World Trade Center.

Closing General Session
Monday, October 10
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Broward County Convention Center
Meeting badge required.

Wangari Muta Maathai, Honorary ASLA (Invited)

Wangari Muta Maathai is Kenya’s Assistant Secretary of Environment, Wildlife, and Natural Resources and the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate. Under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya, she introduced the idea of planting trees through citizen foresters, creating a program known as the Green Belt Movement (GBM). This program was created to address serious problems with deforestation: soil runoff; water pollution; difficulty finding firewood; lack of animal nutrition; and so on. In the intervening years, GBM has assisted women in planting more than 20 million trees all over East Africa. Following this initial success, GBM’s efforts have expanded to include indigenous tree planting, civic education, advocacy, food security, greenbelt eco-safaris, and "women and change." Through these projects, GBM has succeeded in promoting environmental consciousness, volunteerism, conservation of local biodiversity, self-empowerment, community development, and accountability. Professor Maathai’s Green Belt Movement is a great example of how one person can turn around the lives of thousands, if not millions, of others by empowering them to change their situation.

 

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