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Call for Poster Proposals: NAED Annual Workshop

The National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) Annual Workshop Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for poster presentations at the 2014 NAED Annual Workshop to be held in Richmond, Virginia, September 22–23, 2014. The poster session provides a unique forum to explore water-related design issues, policies, and practices that will fuel discussions during the workshop sessions. Abstracts should broadly address the workshop theme: A New Paradigm of Flows: Water in the Greater Chesapeake Watershed Region. All submissions will be peer reviewed.

The poster session is intended to bring forward knowledge of best practices and tangible results in the area of environmental design research or projects oriented around water management. This forum provides an opportunity to visually present research and project storyboards. The poster session is open to all workshop attendees and will be on display throughout the duration of the workshop. Information contained on the poster should be self-explanatory.

The Chesapeake Bay and its contributing watershed are often described as the largest and most productive estuary in the world. Home to more than 17 million people across six states, this important and threatened bioregion will focus discussions on the integrated role environmental design plays in addressing water challenges. Sources of water ultimately flowing to the Chesapeake, and its quality and quantity, are dependent on many decisions and practices originating in the domains of the built environment, including planning, landscape architecture, architecture, interior design, product design, communications design, and others. These design foundations affect the management of stormwater, the availability and quality of drinking water and water used for agricultural and industrial uses, the viability of numerous ecosystems, and the economic viability of the region.

The NAED 2014 Annual Workshop will bring together academic researchers, practicing professionals, and government and other local community stakeholders for a review and discussion of a number of specific cases, and a discussion of ways that insights from environmental design research and practice can inform public policies at the state and local levels. The workshop will be held at the invitation of Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU Life Sciences and Center for Environmental Studies, in Richmond, Virginia.

The workshop’s proceedings, including a summary of discussions and recommendations, invited peer-reviewed papers, posters, and presentations, will be published and disseminated physically and electronically. Following the workshop, NAED:

• produces and disseminates workshop recommendations developed by participants

• prepares briefings to Congress, other institutions, and decision makers capable of implementing the workshop recommendations

• strives to develop or facilitate the development of new programs based on recommendations from the workshop.

Workshop Agenda:
Day One, Monday, September 22, 2014
3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Afternoon Open Poster Display
6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Evening Reception, Closed Poster Presentations, and “Lightning Round” Presentations

The presentations will focus on environmental design projects oriented around water management. The projects will have a research base on which to extract evidence that can be applied to other situations and issues faced by populations within watersheds.

Day Two, Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Welcome and introductions

Session One: Mapping and Jurisdictions, Focused on Analysis, Policy, and Planning Issues
The discussion will focus on how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other visualization technologies can be used to help stakeholders understand problems and seek alternative solutions given a range of variables. ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute, creators of GIS) has been invited to participate in this session.

Session Two: Challenges and Responses in Practice and in the Community
This session will start with case studies from practice to demonstrate ways that landscape architecture, architecture and interior design, and other affiliate disciplines collaborate to propose solutions to real-world problems. These problems include aging water infrastructure, surface water management strategies, and design strategies for reducing water usage and improving water quality within buildings; the revisioning of industrial processes with a view toward entrepreneurial 21st century economies; and the role of “nudging” personal behavior in creating individual, political, and societal change. The discussions will continue with communication designers and others involved in disseminating knowledge and strategies to manage environmental problems.

Invited keynote presentation

Breakout discussions and recommended actions, impacts, and measurements

Wrap up and implementation steps.

Submission Process
To submit a poster presentation abstract for consideration, please send a maximum 500-word abstract and short bio to Linda Sorrento at by May 1.

Important Dates:

  • Poster abstract submissions due: May 1
  • Notification of acceptance on poster abstract: June 1
  • Submission of electronic copy of final poster: July 1
  • Workshop registration deadline: August 1
  • Hotel Registration Deadline: August 1.

Workshop Co-Chairs:  

  • Christopher D. Ellis, Associate Professor, University of Maryland Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture
  • J. Clifford Fox, Associate Director, Center for Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Linda Sorrento, NAED Executive Director
  • Kim Tanzer, Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor, University of Virginia, School of Architecture and Planning; past NAED president.

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