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2016 in Review: The Field

ASLA's 20 Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) help support your practice and provide a forum to make connections outside your market. In 2016, PPNs provided excellent opportunities for professionals in the same areas of practice to exchange information, learn about current practices and research, and network.

Thank you to those who shared experiences on The Field blog and shared their expertise as Online Learning presenters! Below, we highlight the top five Field posts of the year, but be sure to check out the full PPN: 2016 IN REVIEW for additional information, including:

• Top viewed posts on The Field blog
• Top attended ASLA Online Learning live webinars
• PPN Live at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO
• PPN volunteer and leadership opportunities
• Student & Emerging Professional SPOTLIGHT mini-series.

In 2016, 103 posts were added to The Field. The Field was established in 2012 to give members in the field of landscape architecture a place to exchange information, learn about recent work and research, and share thoughts about current happenings. All contributions are by members, for members, and we encourage all ASLA members with an idea or an experience to share to contribute to The Field. It received 104,000 pageviews in 2016, an 8 percent increase over last year.

To begin 2017, we are rounding up The Field’s top five most-read posts of the past year:

1. Urban Design and Tree Planting Spaces
By James Urban, FASLA
PPN: Urban Design

"Trees are important to the composition of urban design proposals. Drawings and sections show healthy, mature trees lining streets and punctuating plazas. There is an unspoken conclusion that a street without trees is not a complete street. Yet there is a critical component missing from most of these renderings."

Read the full post on The Field.

2. Bridge Park as Community Gateway
By Christopher Myers, Associate ASLA
PPN: Transportation

"A multi-million dollar elevated park spanning the Anacostia River is planned to link neighborhoods in the District of Columbia. This project will use existing infrastructure to support a new landmark called the 11th Street Bridge Park.

"Washington DC, our Nation’s Capital, is a city of around 650,000 people, 76,000 of whom live within two miles of this project. This city is located at the convergence of two large rivers: the Anacostia and the Potomac. The Potomac River serves as the southwestern border, with the Anacostia River cutting the District in two. Bridges over the Anacostia River have existed for over two hundred years. At this location six bridges have existed, but none were dedicated to pedestrians."

Read the full post on The Field.

3. Why Are Women Leaving (Landscape) Architecture?
By Emily O’Mahoney, ASLA
PPN: Women in Landscape Architecture

"Is there gender equity in landscape architecture? I believe that it is much the same as in architecture, though their numbers appear to be more drastic than ours. Take a look at the article, Why Are Women Leaving Architecture? [link: ], from the June 2016 issue of Building Dialogue, and know the following stats for landscape architecture:

• 48 percent female graduates of accredited landscape architecture programs in 2015 (source: LAAB 2015 Annual Report Summary)
• 49 percent female LARE candidates (source: CLARB / April 2014 exam administration)
• 36 percent female ASLA members (source: ASLA Notes & Numbers)
• 19.5 percent female ASLA Fellows (source: Council of Fellows)"

Read the full post on The Field.

4. Your Brain on Water
By Lisa Bailey, ASLA
PPN: Healthcare & Therapeutic Design

"When I heard writer and sea turtle expert Wallace J. Nichols speak in Sausalito last summer, I was delighted by how much of what he said resembled the science behind why nature is good for our health and well-being. He quoted much of the same research [link: ] we landscape architects do when promoting healthcare and therapeutic gardens. I knew I had to read his book, and I was amazed by the range of information that he brings together as both a scientist and an unabashed ocean lover in his book Blue Mind."

Read the full post on The Field.

5. Future Viable Plant Palettes for Metropolitan Areas, Part 7 
By David Hopman, ASLA
PPN: Planting Design

"Developing a plant palette for metropolitan areas that moves beyond the native and adapted plant palette is a very challenging and necessarily a very long term proposition. The vast corporate, design, regulatory, and research infrastructure that has evolved to the current state of the art will change very slowly, as it has in the past. As with any innovation, it will first be seen as radical and even eccentric and there will be many stakeholders that will push back hard against the tide of change. There are a number of possible scenarios for moving forward towards a more resilient and ecologically and environmentally supportive landscape palette."

Read the full post on The Field.

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