American Society of Landscape Architects

ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Oct. 7 - 10, 2005

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 2005 Annual Meeting & EXPO > Education Sessions


Monday, October 10
9:45 am-11:15 am

Landscape Design Issues in Fire-Prone Environments

To protect structures from fire in wildland environments, firewise principles call for reducing vegetation around homes and altering landscape species composition. This session will examine the pros and cons of firewise principles. It will also examine fire science and behavior and research into current practices in fire-prone environments. Discussion will focus on western and southeastern landscape ecology as it relates to living with fire and the philosophical aspects of living at the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Landscape architects must look critically at this issue to identify ways of living in natural areas that mitigate fire risk while protecting landscapes and quality of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn to assess fire risk features based on principles of fire ecology and behavior, and understand the role and process of fire in natural systems.
  2. Participants will learn about current theory and practice of firewise landscape design and examine its strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Participants will explore and discuss philosophies and alternative approaches to living at the urban-wildland interface.

Alan Long, PhD, University of Florida; Michele Steinberg, National Fire Protection Association; Cheryl Renner, Louisiana State University; Cindi L. Rowan, ASLA, Rowan Design and Consulting LLC; David J. Rowan, PhD, Rowan Design and Consulting LLC.

Residential Design: Getting the Details Right

The site is windswept. The soil is hardpan. The client wants red roses that bloom all year with no maintenance. Getting it right is no small matter when so many variables are involved, such as site, microclimate, plants, exposure, client tastes, and maintenance. This session will show you how to acquire local knowledge to match plants to the site’s specific conditions, work with the client’s plant knowledge and tastes, design with realistic maintenance in mind; and establish a realistic maintenance program.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquisition of local knowledge for site specific conditions
  2. Design with realistic maintenance
  3. Developing a realistic maintenance program

Bill Marken, Editor, Garden Design magazine, Moderator; Panelists: Raymond L. Jungles, ASLA, Raymond Jungles, Inc.; Miriam G. Lehrer, ASLA, Mia Lehrer + Associates; Steve Martino, FASLA, Steve Martino Associates; and James van Sweden, FASLA, Oehme, van Sweden Associates.

Porous Concrete Pavement—When and How to Use It

This session will explore porous concrete pavement and its applications today. The use of porous concrete is increasing rapidly because of its many benefits. When correctly specified and installed, porous concrete can be used in many types of projects. Learn how it is being used to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality and discover the relationship between porous concrete and LEED certification. Find out what municipalities are looking for and how porous pavement can help them achieve their goals.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the range of porous pavement materials available today
  2. Learn where to go to find information on when and how to us porous concrete
  3. Learn how to reduce stormwater runoff by using porous concrete

Moderator: Bruce K. Ferguson, FASLA, University of Georgia; Panelists: Leonard J. Hopper, FASLA, New York City Housing Authority; Chere Peterson, Petrus UTR, Inc.; and Michael Zaldo, National Ready Mix Concrete Association.

Beyond-Zoning: New Approaches to Development Regulation


Forward thinking local governments are increasingly looking to New Urbanism and Smart Growth development strategies to accommodate future growth. Yet, in many of those same communities, existing zoning ordinances work against the implementation of such approaches. This session will take a closer look at these development strategies and their relation to existing zoning ordinances. In doing so, we’ll raise some important questions, including: Why is zoning coming to be seen as an impediment to true mixed use development? Why are developers starting to embrace highly prescriptive New Urban codes? How do such codes address issues such as housing affordability and property rights? And why are issues of architectural style the least important element in some New Urbanist codes?

Peter Katz, former executive director, the Congress for New Urbanism, Urban Theorist.

Form Follows Flow: Does LEED Credit 6.2 Go Far Enough?

Throughout history, water has been the first criterion of settlement location and even the cause of wars. The availability of water has always been a matter of critical concern to communities. While water has always been a contentious issue in the arid Western states, it is becoming more controversial in communities across the U.S. as their growth bumps up against limited water supplies. Many state and local governments are adopting Smart Growth policies that, by promoting compact and infill development, reduce water use and associated costs. The panel will introduce the principles of LEED credit 6.2 Stormwater Management and Treatments and pose the question: Do these principals go far enough to help our communities facing limited water supplies?

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will learn about the relationship between water availability and development, and the practical issues faced by design professionals.
  2. Learn about the principals behind LEED credit 6.2 Stormwater Management and how they can be applied to LEED and non- LEED projects to minimize impacts on local water quality.
  3. Learn about new integrated land and water design opportunities and how these site design options are economically viable and ecologically beneficial.
  4. Learn the needed steps and methods to design new integrated site-water systems.

Thomas R. Tavella, ASLA, LEED, TerraSphere; Dan E. Williams, FAIA, The American Institute of Architects; Stuart Echols, PhD, Penn State University.

Thirteen Years After Hurricane Andrew: Dynamic Changes in South Florida Landscape Design


A panel of five professionals representing both the public and private sectors in South Florida will outline the effects of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. They’ll also discuss errors made in South Florida landscape design that were highlighted by the hurricane and explore lessons learned in the reconstruction. Find out how the rapid urban growth of this area, coupled with new models for design and development implemented in the reconstruction, have become benchmarks for new development that are applied throughout South Florida.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn the process of analyzing hurricane destruction that can be applied as a learning tool toward other natural disasters.
  2. Observe interaction with multi-disciplines (planners, architects, arborists, biologists, etc.) and with diverse governmental and private institutions to synthesize approaches to problem solving and design approaches in the reconstruction of affected areas.
  3. Learn alternative design approaches and conclusions given the unique occurrence and potential for reoccurrence of similar disasters and the need for unique and specific solutions to each individual incident.

James F. Socash, JFS Design Inc.; Don Pybas, University of Florida; Bill Slaymaker, Florida Power and Light Company; Enrique Mayer, University of Florida; William A. O’Leary, FASLA, O’Leary Design Associates, PA.

A Recipe for Ownership

Over seventy percent of ASLA members are in private practice. New design firms are constantly forming as landscape architects leave the nest and spread their wings to colonize new professional territory. Designers are then challenged to acquire the skills of structuring and running a business. Many professionals learn their lessons and make their mistakes courtesy of the College of Hard Knocks. Don’t learn how to run a landscape architecture firm the hard way—this session will teach you the ins and outs of starting your own firm.

Donald H. Brigham, Jr., FASLA, Don Brigham Plus Associates; Angela D. Dye, ASLA, A Dye Design; Pamela M. Blough, ASLA, PM Blough, Inc.; and Jonathan Mueller, ASLA, Hatchmueller, PC.


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