Updates from ASLA

Recently Published on The Field

Each of ASLA's 20 Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) contributes to The Field, a blog that was created to give members who work in landscape architecture a place to exchange information, learn about recent work and research, and share their thoughts about current happenings. In LAND this year, we’ll be rounding up recent posts on The Field you may have missed. If you’d like to receive email notifications as soon as new posts are published, sign up to follow The Field—look forThe Field by Email” box on the right-hand side.

Two new posts are published on The Field each week. Here is what’s been published since the last issue of LAND:

Meet the Transportation PPN Leadership Team
PPN: Transportation
by the ASLA Transportation PPN Leadership Team
“Clearly, landscape architects add value to transportation projects. Our training and skill set ensures that projects are environmentally sound, designed to human scale, and are aesthetically pleasing. Landscape architects have the ability to bridge allied professions, bringing together and enhancing the specific skill set of each and making the whole greater than the sum of the parts.”

Diversifying the Profession Through K-12 Outreach
PPN: Children’s Outdoor Environments
by Allison Ong, Student ASLA
“We were amazed at how quickly the students turned into designers. Using site photos, trace, and markers, they developed design concepts, discussed accessibility and planting, and explored the experience for human and non-human visitors. Twenty minutes later, the students presented their designs to the class. There were sculpture gardens, rabbit farms, sports fields, and public parks. Before leaving, Gina and I asked some follow-up questions. ‘What do you think of landscape architecture?’ earned variations of ‘It’s pretty cool!’ (which can mean a lot coming from teenagers!). ‘Could you see yourself being a landscape architect?’ garnered enthusiastic nods. Before we left we asked, ‘What did you learn today?’ One last hand was raised and a girl answered, ‘I will never look at an empty lot the same way again.’”

Eco Parks for Learning and Play
PPN: Parks & Recreation
by Chris Roberts, ASLA
“Exploring natural environments is fundamental to providing future adults with the appreciation and knowledge they will need to cope with environmental degradation. Local parks could offer children and families the opportunity to experience, appreciate, and learn how nature works.

“Today’s children are tomorrow’s environmental decision makers. Park learning and play activities that offer sensory and cognitive STEM education will strengthen the value of local and regional parks, and result in a better-informed society.”

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From The Field
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