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2018 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 2018, PPNs provided excellent opportunities for professionals in the same areas of practice to exchange information, learn about current practices and research, and network.

By the end of 2018, The Field, the blog for ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks will have published 103 posts. Thank you to those who shared experiences and expertise via The Field blog! 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.

With 2018 drawing to a close, we are rounding up The Field’s top five most-read posts written by ASLA PPN members:

1. What Exactly is a Transportation Landscape Architect?
By Jeff Lormand, ASLA
PPN: Transportation
“When I respond to new acquaintances’ customary question ‘…and what do you do?’ I tell them I am a Transportation Landscape Architect. They look at me flummoxed and then add the follow-up question, ‘And just what, exactly, is a Transportation Landscape Architect?’ So, I thought I would dedicate this post to a description of what a Transportation Landscape Architect is, exactly, and what I do to earn this title.”

Read the full post.

2. Philadelphia’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Landscape Guidebook
By Caitlin Glagola, Associate ASLA; Tim Linehan, Associate ASLA; and Rachel Streit
PPN: Sustainable Design & Development

“The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has one of the most progressive stormwater management plans in the country to address the city’s combined sewer infrastructure. PWD’s Green City, Clean Waters program, which begins its 7th year this July, has constructed more than 600 stormwater management practices (SMPs) in the city, including rain gardens, tree trenches, stormwater planters, and stormwater bumpouts. These stormwater landscapes, collectively known as green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), slow, filter, and infiltrate rainfall to help prevent polluted runoff from entering the city’s sewers and waterways. GSI is versatile and fits into the urban fabric of Philadelphia to not only manage stormwater but also to mitigate urban heat, improve air quality, provide habitat, improve human health, increase land value, and improve quality of life for city residents.”

Read the full post.

3. From Slums to Sky Gardens – Singapore’s Public Housing Success
By Erik S. Mustonen, ASLA, CSLA, RLA (CA + MN), CLARB, LEED AP-ND
PPN: International Practice

“The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects organized nine technical tours as part of the very well-run 2018 World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). Tour 1, “Remaking Heartlands in Singapore,” was prepared with the assistance of the Housing and Development Board and featured sky gardens, green roofs/walls, and sustainable stormwater management for high-rise public housing in Singapore.”

Read the full post.

4. Promoting Pollinator Habitat as Landscape Architects
By Anthony Fettes, ASLA, PLA, SITES AP
PPN: Ecology & Restoration

“Around the world, an estimated 80 percent of all flowering plant species and over one-third of our food is dependent upon or benefited by animal pollinators. However, many of these pollinator species are in decline, threatening the productivity of both global food production and ecological communities. What is causing this decline? How are we contributing, and what can be done to reverse this trend?”

Read the full post.

5. Icons of Healthcare & Therapeutic Garden Design: Clare Cooper Marcus
By Lisa Bailey, ASLA
PPN: Healthcare and Therapeutic Design

“Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, in the College of Environmental Design’s Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, has studied and been the grand champion for healthcare and therapeutic gardens since the time of her retirement from UC Berkeley in the 1990s. She taught for 24 years and authored several books, including Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations, co-authored with Marni Barnes in 1999, and Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces, co-authored with Naomi Sachs, ASLA, in 2013. Though not a landscape architect, Clare’s interest is in the social aspect of design and in what the people who are using designed spaces think and feel about them. She combines this background with her passion for gardening in her own backyard.

The following interview was conducted at Clare’s home and garden in Berkeley by Lisa Bailey, ASLA, sole proprietor of BayLeaf Studio and a consultant with Schwartz and Associates, a landscape design-build firm in Mill Valley, CA.”

Read the full post.

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