The theme for the 2012 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO
is Beyond Boundaries—Design, Leadership
& Community. More than 5,000 landscape architecture professionals and
students from across the country and around the world will gather in Phoenix,
September 28 – October 1, to enjoy the fellowship of others from the profession
and to reconnect with the fundamental elements of design. Key issues such as
practice management, sustainability and stormwater management will be addressed
by some of the country’s foremost experts in the field.
Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards program honors the
best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the Students Award
program gives us a glimpse of the future of the profession. The ASLA Awards
Ceremony will be at 12 p.m., October 1 in the Phoenix Convention Center. To
learn more about the awards, click here.
Scroll down to see the collection of plant and soil programs, open
for coverage with an authorized press pass unless otherwise stated:
Friday, Sept. 28
Core Concepts: Soils and Hydrology” – This full-day workshop
presents an in depth examination of sustainable soils management and hydrology
practices, as developed by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
the Tree to the Soil: Methods in Preservation During Construction” – Construction
damage and soil compaction are common causes of tree death and decline,
especially where wide protection areas aren’t practical during construction.
Through a wide range of case studies, presenters will illustrate effective and
innovative ways to preserve both trees and soil. 10:30
a.m. - 12 p.m.
and Science of Designing Native Meadows, Grasslands, and Woodlands” – Meadows,
grasslands and woodlands offer many environmental, managerial and aesthetic
benefits, yet designers often struggle with these complex ecosystems. This
session will provide proven design, installation and management strategies for
establishing sustained meadows and grasslands from seed and live plants. 1:30 - 3 p.m.
“Phytotechnologies: Using Plants to
Clean Up Contaminated Sites” – Cost-effective, natural cleanup
methods have a growing role in mitigating site pollution. Recent scientific
studies will highlight the advantages and limitations of
phytotechnology—whereby plants uptake and remove contaminants. 3:30 - 5
Saturday, Sept. 29
Natives Overrated?” – Greater environmental awareness has
designated native plant species as intrinsically superior choices to
non-natives. Increasing disagreement among practitioners and scientists begs
for a timely debate on the facts and opinions. This session offers a careful,
no-nonsense and open reevaluation of this contentious issue. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
and the Post-Industrial Site” – The urgent need for practical
tree-selection processes for urban and brownfield sites warrant a careful and
pragmatic reassessment of the “need for natives.” Addressing site assessment,
soil remediation, planting regimen and area-wide biodiversity, panelists will
put special emphasis on pragmatics and long-term maintenance. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Busters: Bringing Soils Back to Reality” – Soils are an integral
element of a sustainable landscape, and this panel will present the realities
of soil design and installation. Using Teardrop Park, the High Line and the
World Trade Center Memorial as examples, the landscape architects involved will
share what they learned. 1:30 - 3
Wall Planting Design: Using Plants to Create a Living Work of Art” – Professionals
designing and installing green wall systems will discuss the aesthetics and
pragmatics of bringing artistry and creativity to the green-wall plant palette.
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1
“Healthy Soils” – Soil
impacts plant performance. These sessions will teach basic physical, organic
and chemical soil properties for existing and proposed soil conditions for
projects of all sizes. It will serve as a basis for healthy-soil design,
developing soil solutions and writing or interpreting soil specifications, and
it will also show how to analyze existing soils and preserve, reuse or modify
them for the long term. 8 - 9:30 a.m.
(Part I), 10 - 11:30 a.m. (Part II)
Garden for the Sonoran Desert: Sunnylands Center & Gardens” – This
presentation features the unique 15-acre Sunnylands Center and Gardens in
Rancho Mirage, CA, an extension of a prestigious 200-acre desert retreat. The
landscape architect designed a 9-acre interpretive desert garden that expresses
the beauty, color, form and texture of the Sonoran Desert. 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Evolution of Native Plant Palette and Aesthetic: From Discovery to Design” During the past two decades there has been a
complete transformation in the plant palette and design aesthetic for
Southwestern landscapes. Learn how plant explorers, growers, educators, and
landscape architects have partnered to accomplish a widespread shift toward
sustainable and regionally sensitive landscapes. 3:30
- 5 p.m.
journalists attending the ASLA Annual
Meeting and EXPO for editorial coverage are eligible to receive
complimentary media credentials. The media credentials provide access to the
EXPO floor, general sessions, education sessions, and the working press room
with computers, internet access and refreshments.
interested in attending should contact Karen Trimbath at firstname.lastname@example.org
with their name, address, email, phone number, title and media organization.
Due to limited space, journalists are strongly encouraged to register well in
advance. All requests are approved upon a case-by-case basis, and ASLA may require
additional documentation for credentials. For any questions, contact Karen Trimbath.
in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape
architects, representing nearly 16,000 members in 48 professional chapters and
76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to educate and to
participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of our
cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society use their “ASLA”
suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the
highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more about landscape
architecture online at www.asla.org.