April is National Landscape
Minnesota Landscape Architects
to Promote Active Living at
New City School, Exhibit at the State Capitol
Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 11, 2005—Members
of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA) will celebrate National Landscape Architecture
Month by collaborating with a charter school on innovative
ideas for its schoolyard and assessing the walkability and
bikeability of its neighborhood. They will end the month with
an exhibit in the Minnesota State Capitol building highlighting
the work of landscape architects and recognizing the building’s
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, 8:00 am-5:00 pm: Design Charette for
New City School, 229 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis,
Minnesota 55413. Minnesota ASLA Chapter members will collaborate
with New City School in a day-long “charette”—an
intense design jam session—to assist the school
in developing innovative ideas for its schoolyard and
assessing the walkability and bikeability of its neighborhood.
Located in northeast Minneapolis, New City School is a
public charter school in its second year of operation.
It recognizes the importance of a well-designed learning
environment to its mission, and the school is excited
about the prospect of the charette. For more information
on the charette, please contact Michael Jischke, ASLA,
at 763-475-0010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 24–30, Exhibit at the Minnesota
State Capitol Building, North Corridor. Minnesota
ASLA Chapter members will be promoting the profession
and recognizing the work of members with an exhibit for
legislators, their staff, and the general public. The
display will highlight the unique skills that landscape
architects can offer, recent award winners, valued places
in Minnesota, the upcoming 2006 national convention to
be held in Minneapolis, and will recognize the Capitol
Building’s 100th Anniversary.
“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,” said John Slack,
ASLA, president of the Minnesota chapter of the ASLA. “The
change from a pedestrian to a commuter lifestyle has fueled
an epidemic of obesity in the U.S., particularly among children.
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
Minnesota ASLA Chapter activities, please contact chapter
National Landscape Architecture Month coordinator Michael
Jischke, ASLA, at 763-475-0010 or email@example.com.
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.org and www.masla.org.
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