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


Sunday, October 9
3:15 pm-4:15 pm

Watercolor, Florida

Watercolor—recipient of an ASLA 2003 Design Award—is a 499-acre new town/development on the Panhandle/Gulf Coast of Florida. Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBWLA) began work on Watercolor in 1998, just as the overall master plan, created by Cooper Robertson, was being conceived. Collaborating with Cooper Robertson as the architects/urban designers, with Arvida/St. Joe as the developers, and PBSJ as the civil engineers, NBWLA was charged with creating the overall landscape master plan and a landscape philosophy for the new town/development. The first two phases of Watercolor are substantially built, Phase III is under construction, and Phase IV (the last phase) is in the final design and early site construction stages. A review of this award-winning work will provide a great opportunity to explore a long-term (7 years to date) project in various stages of completion.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Different take on landscape architecture within a New Urbanist context, drawing distinct connections and contrasts to the adjacent New Urbanist, icon of Seaside (Seaside is more about the architecture, Watercolor is more about the landscape.)
  2. Emphasis on acknowledging local (indigenous) plant communities as part of planning and design – especially in the creation of recommended plant palettes – and used as an opportunity to educate residents and local citizens.
  3. Designing with multiple waters: existing major bodies of water in the fresh/brackish Western Lake and the salt waters of the Gulf of Mexico; small tannic streams; wetlands; stormwater ponds; rain gardens; source fountains and canals based on multiple precedents.

Warren T. Byrd Jr., FASLA, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

Urban Miracles


Controlling sprawl, preserving wetlands, and fostering new urbanism are subjects high on the agenda of sustainable design conferences. But an equally important key to a more sustainable future is in our abandoned cities. We can reverse their decline in small increments and make the urban environment—with its rich and diverse lifestyle—a powerful alternative to suburban life and the sprawl that comes with it. One easy place to begin is with small, neglected public open spaces. For example, as important as Central Park may be to New York City, the small parks and plazas in each neighborhood touch more daily lives. Through images, case studies, and anecdotes, this session will explore these small urban miracles—the transformation of neglected urban parks and plazas into social gathering spaces that spark the public's imagination and restore their neighborhood’s sense of pride and community.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Expanded view of sustainability and ways in which landscape architects across the country can contribute.
  2. Case studies of the landscape architect's role in transforming small urban spaces and their neighborhoods.
  3. Specific design strategies that can be employed to failed urban spaces.

Thomas W. Balsley, FASLA, Thomas Balsley Associates.

Landscape Architecture and 3D Visual Simulations Using Sketch Up

Learn about Sketch Up 3D modeling—a powerful tool that can be used during many stages of site design and planning. From schematic design to final presentation, Sketch Up offers a unique system to landscape architects; it is fast, easy to learn, and integrates into existing project workflow. In this session, you’ll learn how to use Sketch Up tools with a wide variety of projects and find out how Sketch Up easily and efficiently fits into current workflow systems.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the broad application that Sketch Up software offers to Landscape Architects.
  2. Understand how Sketch Up easily and efficiently fits into current workflow systems employed by landscape architecture professionals.
  3. Learn how to use Sketch Up tools with a wide variety of projects.

Mark A. Kosmos, ASLA, Landscape Architect, EDAW, Inc.

Differential Approaches to the Identification and Management of Cultural Landscapes


The National Park Service (NPS), a leader in the field of cultural landscapes and steward of a diverse cultural legacy, addresses landscapes through two programs: Park Historic Structures and Cultural Landscapes and Archeology and Ethnography. Grounded in different disciplines, these programs identify and make recommendations for cultural landscape management in ways that may contrast or complement the other. This session introduces both programs with applied examples that emphasize the challenges of protecting cultural landscape integrity.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn about NPS’s different approaches to cultural landscapes, and their implications.
  2. Gain an understanding of the “ethnographic” and its potential role in design and planning.
  3. Discover potential strategies for protecting the integrity of cultural landscapes in the course of inventory, planning, and management.

Rebecca S. Toupal PhD, Associate ASLA, University of Arizona; Lucy A. Lawliss, ASLA, National Park Service; Michael J. Evans, National Park Service.

Designing with CPTED and Emerging National Security Standards


This presentation will address emerging security and safety standards and regulations as they relate to site and building design and how these standards can help landscape architects avoid common mistakes that encourage criminal behavior. Through examples, this session will explore good and bad site design features, site lighting, landscape and planting applications, and street furniture and how these factors affect site security.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain a better understanding of emerging security and safety standards and regulations in regard to site security and building design.
  2. Explore the current and future roles of building codes, security ordinances, CPTED resolutions, laws and regulations safeguarding structures from crime, acts of workplace violence and security threats of terrorism.
  3. Learn about innovative methods for site security with the NCPC techniques and the methodology of crime prevention through environmental design.

Randy Atlas PhD, AIA, Counter Terror Design Inc.

How Long Will You Be Staying?: The Impact of Resort Development on Landscape Architecture


Consumer expectations drive trends that directly impact the success of landscape projects. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the evolution of resort development. Guests seek vacation spots with an ambiance that stimulates their senses and transports them beyond the ordinary. But creating memorable places is not a vision bestowed only to the hotel and resort industry. This session explores the history of resort design and its redefining influence on planning and landscape architecture in both the public and private arena.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify design strategies that create value for the client and end-user experience.
  2. Gain an understanding of how consumer expectations influence design details in landscape architecture through control of visual senses.
  3. Uncover the latest hotel and resort trends that are shaping quality environments for people and impacting public and private spaces.
  4. Understand the inter-relationships across all client industries as it relates to design styles and quality of life experiences.

C. Douglas Coolman, FASLA, EDSA; Joseph Lalli, FASLA, EDSA.

The Next Shift in Tree and Soil Technology


Placing trees in urban landscapes is difficult, but technical advances in the U.S. and Europe are creating an array of new design and installation options. Research is finding solutions that address performance expectations, budget requirements, and the spatial limitations of designing and building in the urban environment. Led by an international urban tree and soil expert, this session will explore the latest soil and tree planting technology in the United States and Europe. Participants will take home ideas about trees and urban soil that they can apply to current projects.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn about the latest soil and tree planting technology in the United States and Europe.
  2. Learn how to evaluate and design with degraded urban soil.
  3. Learn the process used for incorporating successful urban trees into urban designs.

James R. Urban, FASLA, Urban Trees + Soils.


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