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ASLA Showcases Landscape Architecture Profession at the USA Science & Engineering Festival


2018-03-28

The American Society of Landscape Architects will showcase landscape architecture to children and families at the upcoming USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 6-8 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Visitors will discover the landscape architecture profession as an exciting, creative career with the help of ASLA staff and local landscape architects and students. 

ASLA is always looking for ways to promote the value of landscape architecture to society. Its exhibit (booth #1252) will feature intriguing, hands-on activities, the result of a collaboration between ASLA staff and landscape architecture students at Virginia Tech Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) and the University of Maryland. 

A topographic model created by landscape architecture students at Virginia Tech will be showcased. Attendees can view this model with 3D software, which will help them understand how a two-dimensional idea can quickly become three-dimensional through the use of computer-controlled cutting machines such as laser cutters and CNC routers. 

ASLA’s booth will also feature VR video, which will enable visitors to embark on a vivid journey of a park built over a highway—Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. The park—which received the ASLA 2017 Professional Award of Excellence—is a prominent example of how to heal the damage made by transportation infrastructure to our downtowns. 

Created using GoPro Odyssey on Google Jump, this video demonstrates the latest VR cinematic technology. It takes viewers into the park to explore its unique design features. 

The video is narrated by landscape architect James Burnett, FASLA, president of OJB Landscape Architecture, which designed the park. It is also available for free viewing on ASLA’s website

Bring the kids and understand some of the cool ways landscape architecture is making our communities better. 

About the American Society of Landscape Architects  

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources. 

About the USA Science & Engineering Festival 

Founded by serial entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin executives to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the USA Science & Engineering Festival is the only national science festival. It was developed to increase public awareness about the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as society celebrates Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars. The Festival Expo is presented by Lockheed Martin with important support from Chevron. Visit USAScienceFestival.org, connect on Facebook, and follow on Twitter @USAScienceFest. 

Contact

Karen T. Grajales
Manager, Public Relations 
tel: 1-202-216-2371
ktgrajales@asla.org
@ktgrajales

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