2000 MEETING AND EXPO
ST. LOUIS, THE GATEWAY TO THE WEST
Smart Growth Leader Governor Glendening To Address Meeting
- The 2000 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, scheduled for October 27-31,
at America's Center, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri, will bring
together thousands of landscape architects and other professionals in
the Society's first member-wide gathering of the new millennium.
"This is a great
opportunity for us to join together in appreciating the past and planning
for the future. I'm particularly looking forward to unveiling changes
we're making to transform our Society into an e-association for the 21st
century," said ASLA President Janice Cervelli Schach, FASLA.
Also looking to the
future, noted smart growth leader, Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening,
will speak on livability issues. His state's "Smart Growth and Neighborhood
Conservation" program is the nation's first comprehensive, incentive-based
effort to address the issue. This year, as Chairman of the National Governors
Association, Glendening launched a national, yearlong initiative aimed
at helping all states develop strategies to address growth and quality-of-life
"Rapid growth and
sprawl are destroying the fabric of our communities, creating congestion
and costing taxpayers billions of dollars," said Glendening. "Governors
must seize this opportunity to develop aggressive and innovative strategies
to protect and improve our quality of life."
The annual meeting's
theme, "Gateway to Discovery: Confluence of Environment, Heritage and
Community," reflects St. Louis' history as the gateway to the West as
well as its position at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri
In the meeting's
keynote address, Daniel Botkin, a noted environmental scientist, will
discuss both the role of Lewis and Clark as natural historians and contemporary
issues related to man-made changes to the Missouri River and its surrounding
environments. Botkin is best known for authoring Discordant Harmonies:
A New Ecology for the 21st Century, an influential book helping to change
our view of environmental issues. In a more recent publication, Our Natural
History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark, Botkin uses these explorers'
adventures to demonstrate that change is essential in the natural world.
Dr. Peter Raven,
one of the world's leading botanists, will give the closing address on
how landscape architects can promote biodiversity and sustainable design
principles. Raven is director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, a leader
in botanical research in North and Latin America, Africa and Asia.
This year's 63 education
sessions will follow eight tracks: construction technology; history/historic
preservation; parks recreation/greenway;/byway planning; practice management;
regional/rural landscape planning; urban/community design; workshops;
and LandTech (focusing on cutting-edge technology). Most sessions cover
technical topics such as play area accessibility, GIS applications and
traffic calming. Others provide practitioners with more general business
knowledge such as time/stress management and media training.
The EXPO will showcase
more than 500 booths, offering attendees the opportunity to evaluate products
and services from a variety of leading manufacturers and suppliers. Landscape
architects purchase or specify more than $45 billion worth of products
and services every year.
While the convention
center is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis near many local attractions,
attendees can go further afield by joining one of the pre- or post-meeting
guided tours into outlying areas. Tours include a bike ride on Missouri's
KATY Trail State Park-America's longest rails-to-trails project, a garden
tour through some of the most expensive and opulent residences in the
country and a visit to Missouri's Wine Country with its many historic
the meeting, on October 27, attendees can also choose to attend one of
the three all-day meetings: a therapeutic gardens forum; a historic preservation
mobile workshop; or a review for the Landscape Architect Registration
For more information
and conference registration, visit www.asla.org
or call 202-898-2444. To reserve EXPO booth space, contact Angela Wilson
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-216-2336.
The American Society
of Landscape Architects, founded in 1899, represents more than 13,000
members nationwide. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline
of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation.
Typical projects include site design and planning, town and urban planning,
regional planning, preparation of environmental impact plans, garden design,
historic preservation, and parks/recreation design and planning. Landscape
architects hold undergraduate or graduate degrees. They are licensed to
practice in 47 states and are required to pass a rigorous national three-day
examination. For more information, visit our Web site at www.asla.org.
Editors Note: Press
are welcome to attend addresses and educational sessions. For credentials,
contact Martha Montague, (202) 216-2328.