January 26, 2005
** Media Advisory**
National Landscape Architecture
Month Set for April 2005
Please post on your calendar of events and include in
your editorial calendar:
The American Society of Landscape Architects has declared
April 2005 as National Landscape Architecture Month. The theme
will be Design for Active Living, highlighting ways
landscape architecture and community design affect daily activity
levels, and, in turn, overall health. For more information,
please visit: www.asla.org/lamonth/index.html.
Studies show that access to resources such as parks, recreational
facilities, bicycle paths, walking trails, and sidewalks can
greatly increase physical activity among residents, lowering
obesity and improving health.
Many ASLA chapters will work with students from local schools
to help them identify safe walking and biking routes between
their schools and homes, so they may increase their daily
physical activity levels. Local landscape architects will
use the National Center for Bicycling and Walking’s
checklists to help children issue walkability and bikeability
“report cards” on their communities.
In addition, the national office of ASLA can provide local
resources for the following topics in planning for National
Landscape Architecture Month in April:
landscape ideas. April
is the perfect time for homeowners to focus on the exteriors
of their homes. Landscape architects can help them identify
the best options to maximize their enjoyment for year-round
architecture is the best investment a homeowner can
make. Studies show that landscape improvements
can increase a home’s value by up to 15 percent—much
better than kitchen or bath renovations. Spending on residential
landscape design has tripled in the past five years and
is trending upwards.
“Active Living” sites. Landscape architects
can identify local projects where active living components
have been designed back into the community, such as a beautiful,
walkable downtown streetscape, a park, or an accessible
landscape architecture landmarks. Every community
has a local landscape that is a landmark for residents,
whether it is a civic square, a monument, a park, or recreational
facility. Local landscape architects can help tell the compelling
stories of these landmarks, how they were created, what
makes them popular, and how they will be improved and preserved
for generations to come.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association
for landscape architects representing more than 15,000 members.
Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land
analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and
rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession
and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication
and fellowship. More information on landscape architecture
is available on the web at www.asla.org.