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Upcoming DREAM BIG with DESIGN Pre-Event Webinar: Hollywood’s Backlot Urbanism

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The particular conditions of film have led in a very unusual way to highly remarkable developments in the perception of space” -- Heinrich des Fries.

On Friday, September 17, 1pm EST, ASLA will host a pre-DREAM BIG with DESIGN webinar with speaker Chip Sullivan, FASLA, who will explore the connections between storyboarding and design in gaming and Hollywood. The webinar sets the stage for DREAM BIG presentations with landscape architect teams who designed unique features of LEGOLAND, Florida and Disney theme parks.

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Film has served as a fertile testing ground for innovative visions in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture. Cinematographers imagine the past, live in the present, and create the future. What are the potential applications of this cinematic language to the practice of landscape architecture?

This presentation will reveal the secrets of Hollywood’s great scenic masters and illustrate how their principles of spatial composition can be applied to contemporary design, theme parks, and video games. This presentation will also focus on techniques for using storyboards in the design process and the cinemagraphic methods of world building unique and imaginative landscape of film and animation.

Don't forget to register for DREAM BIG with DESIGN and learn more about story telling as the essence of design in Minecraft and popular theme parks LEGOLAND and Disney World.

Chip Sullivan
Chip Sullivan, FASLA

Chip Sullivan, FASLA, is an artist and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley. He has devoted his career to exploring and promoting landscape architecture as an intersection of art and ecology. Sullivan is the author of many popular titles in the profession, including Drawing the Landscape,Garden & Climate and Illustrated History of Landscape Design, co-authored with Elizabeth Boults, ASLA. His latest book, Cartooning the Landscape concerns the metaphysics of drawing and learning how to "see." The Foundation for Landscape Studies selected Cartooning the Landscape for the 2017 John Brinckerhoff Jackson prize for accomplishment in the field of garden history and landscape studies.

Chip Sullivan is a former MacDowell Fellow at the renowned artists community in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He was also recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship to the Bellagio Study Center in Lake Como, Italy, and of a fellowship at the Ligurian Center for the Arts and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. He was the 1985 Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Sullivan was the subject of a documentary titled “The Professor” for a series of films on creativity by Emmy-award winning director Allan Holzman. Chip received the 2016 Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal, one of the highest awards the American Society of Landscape Architects presents each year in recognition of sustained excellence in landscape architecture education. He is Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

Please direct questions about the upcoming webinar and DREAM BIG with DESIGN to Lisa J. Jennings, Manager, Career Discovery and Diversity at

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