Product News by Forms + Surfaces, DuMor, Victor Stanley, and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Product News by Forms + Surfaces, DuMor, Victor Stanley, and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities


Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Please join us for our upcoming ASLA Online Learning presentations this month:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Children’s Heat and Radiation Exposures in Playgrounds and the Role of Bioclimatic Design
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

ASLA Member: $40
Associate ASLA Member: $30
Student ASLA: $20
Nonmember: $165

Register now.

Overexposure to ambient variables such as ultraviolet radiation and extreme heat are major risk factors to children’s health. Many playgrounds are designed in a way that result in higher air and surface temperatures than the surrounding neighborhood, which is due to the predominant use of heat retaining materials and lack of shade. Few guidelines exist to promote the naturalization of playgrounds and the use of shade, which can result in multiple benefits for children apart from lowering heat and radiant exposures. This research addresses child exposures to extreme heat and UV radiation in outdoor playgrounds in Phoenix, AZ and Lubbock, TX and the influence of bioclimatic landscape design. Multiple types of data (in-situ, personal, survey) are presented related to microclimatic and human activity factors that affect child exposures and perceptions. New sensing technologies offer opportunities to understand exposures and monitor children’s exposures while allowing for safe and active play.


• Jennifer Vanos, Assistant Professor, Departments of Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, & Family Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, UC San Diego

Learning objectives:

• Understand how we can incorporate climate parameters into playground design.
• Explain why shade and orientation play a key role in extreme heat and radiation exposure.
• Make a more educated decision with respect to surface types used in playgrounds in a given climate zone.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Equity by Design: Connecting with Underserved Communities in Your Design Process
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)

ASLA Member: $50
Associate ASLA Member: $40
Student ASLA: $25
Nonmember: $185

Register now.

Contemporary planning may often require landscape architects to engage diverse and underrepresented communities during the design process to build consensus and positive change. Communities that are under-resourced or politically marginalized have long struggled to have a seat at the table for planning and development projects in their neighborhood. Design teams may face challenges in building trust and creating productive working relationships across real and perceived divides between community residents, local government, and community partners. This session will offer designers a menu of tools to develop trust between non-traditional partners, deepen historical and cultural understanding, and elevate community voices resulting in a richer, more robust and meaningful design outcome.

• Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Associate, Skeo
• Alisa Hefner, Senior Associate, Skeo

Learning objectives:
• Select from a menu of tools to effectively engage underrepresented communities.
• Elevate community voices in the design process and outcome.
• Identify community priorities for cultural and historical themes to deepen the design outcome.

Recorded presentations:

Learn at your own pace through ASLA’s recordings of past presentations, including a selection of education sessions from recent ASLA Annual Meeting Education Programs. More than 100 recorded presentations are available for on-demand viewing. Once on the registration page, sign in with your ASLA member ID and password to receive the member discount.

Note: The live presentations above will be available as recorded presentations within five-to-seven business days after the live event.

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