WASHINGTON,DC, October 28, 2003—The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) convening this week in New Orleans will feature presentations by political expert James Carville, noted author Joel Kotkin, and Emmy Award-winning television host Steve Thomas. In addition, environmental health expert Dr. Richard Jackson of the Centers for Disease Control will discuss how community design affects public health.
Political consultant, Democratic Party operative, and, most recently, television actor James Carville has made a career of turning political underdogs into upset winners.
Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends. The author of five books, his next work will be about the history of cities from the earliest settlements to the present.
Steve Thomas is the former host of the most popular series on public television, This Old House. Many of the projects on the show include significant exterior renovations, highlighting the value of landscape design.
A national voice on environmental health, Dr. Richard Jackson has gathered research on the critical relationship between the design of the built environment and the health of a community's citizens.
The ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo will be held October 30-November 3, 2003, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. To request an interview with these speakers or for press credentials for the meeting, please contact Jeffrey Lofton, ASLA Public Relations Manager, at 202-216-2331
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