Indiana Landscape Architects to Promote Active Living, Earth Day, and Awards
Indianapolis, Indiana, April 6, 2005—Members
of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA) will celebrate National Landscape Architecture
Month by promoting more active lifestyles, Earth Day, and
the chapter’s annual awards program.
The theme for National Landscape
Architecture Month is Design for Active Living, highlighting ways
community design affects residents’ daily activity levels and, in turn, their
overall health. Studies show that
access to resources such as parks, recreational facilities, bicycle paths,
walking trails, and sidewalks can increase physical activity among residents,
lowering obesity and improving health.
- April 16: Columbus, Indiana, People Trail
Regional Hospital, 2400 East 17th St., Columbus, Indiana
Time: 2:00 pm
The Indiana ASLA chapter is pleased to join with the City of Columbus as a
sponsor for the dedication of the new People Trail segment. In promoting Design for Active
Living, the event will feature walks, runs, biking, and other
activities. For more information, contact Ed Curtin, FASLA, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 23: Earth Day Indiana
Indianapolis American Legion Mall, Indianapolis, Indiana
am-4:00 pm, rain or shine
The Indiana ASLA chapter is sponsoring a booth featuring a craft activity
for children at this event and will also distribute “walkability” and
“bikeability” surveys for attendees to use in assessing their
communities. The free, outdoor
festival offers live music, children's crafts, exhibits, food, entertainment,
alternative energy vehicles, and much more. For more information visit www.earthdayindiana.org.
- April 30: Indiana ASLA Family 5K Run/Walk
Place: Fort Harrison State
Park, Indianapolis, Indiana
Time: Walk begins at 10:00
Join Indiana landscape architects in celebrating Design for Active
Living at the Indiana ASLA chapter’s 2nd Annual Family Fun
Run/Walk. A National Landscape Architecture Month T-shirt is included in
the participation fee. The
registration form is located online at http://www.inasla.org/images/run_walk_registration.jpg,
through the Indiana ASLA chapter web site www.inasla.org,
or contact Corrie Meyer, Associate ASLA, at email@example.com. Family, guests, and even pets are
- Throughout April: Student Outreach
- 2004 Indiana ASLA Professional Design Award
On display at Purdue University Horticultural Building
and Ball State University College of Architecture and
- April 6, 2:00-6:00 pm, Student Office Hop &
Past President Roundtable
Office hop: Various Indianapolis area firms;
Past President Roundtable: Browning Day Mullins &
Dierdorf, 626 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, Indiana.
Students from Ball State
University and Purdue University will gain exposure to the profession in
Indiana as they visit selected Indianapolis area landscape architecture firms
from 2:00-5:00 pm. The day will end with a dinner and roundtable discussion
from 5:00-6:00 pm with past presidents of the Indiana ASLA Chapter focusing on
the current trends in the profession. For more information contact Katie
Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The change from a pedestrian to
a commuter lifestyle has fueled an epidemic of obesity in the U.S.,
particularly among children,” said Scott Siefker, ASLA, president of the
Indiana chapter of the ASLA.
"Years ago, we all used to walk to school, to the store, to the
park, or to a friend’s house, but now we often are unable to walk or bike
anywhere safely, because our communities are designed mainly for car
travel. As landscape architects,
working with public officials, developers, and residents, we can design active
living components back into our communities.
We want to encourage everyone to look at their communities during April
and become advocates for an environment that is more exercise-friendly."
For more information on
supporting or participating in the Indiana Chapter activities, please contact chapter coordinators Corrie Meyer,
Associate ASLA, email@example.com
or Scott Siefker, ASLA, firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the Indiana ASLA Chapter
events is available on the chapter web site, www.inasla.org.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the
national professional association for landscape architects representing 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. Learn more about landscape architecture
online at www.asla.organd www.inasla.org.