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XTreme LA Challenge

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XTreme LA is a creative challenge for the design leaders of tomorrow. This unique professional development program teams select young professionals with prominent landscape architects for an intense 2-day charrette, in which participants develop design solutions for urban initiatives in a host city.

Teams are comprised of young (under 35) landscape architecture professionals from across the country, who have been identified by their firms as potential leaders. Participants work under celebrated team leaders with best-in-class peers to develop sustainable landscape solutions.

In a highly charged one-and-a-half day period, teams are briefed by local representatives, visit key sites, and return to studios where they strategize, devise conceptual plans, create schematic designs, and develop presentations of their solutions. Final presentations are given before an audience that includes local officials and interested citizens. 

XTreme LA is is offered by Landscape Forms in partnership with LAF. In addition to providing participants with exposure and experience, the program fosters critical thinking, team building, and creative expression. It is always a memorable experience that  is stimulating, educational, and fun.

XTreme LA: Austin, TX

XTreme LA: Austin, TX

This recent program took place Sept 22-24, 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin. Participants were charged with designing solutions for the undeveloped and underutilized areas along the south Austin shoreline.

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XTreme LA: New Buffalo, MI

XTreme LA: New Buffalo, MI

In Sept 2008, 27 young professionals came to this former Lake Michigan railroad town. Their challenge was to develop a master plan to better integrate key focal points like the marina, beachfront park, retail and entertainment to make New Buffalo a better place to live, work and play.

XTreme LA: Kalamazoo, MI

XTreme LA: Kalamazoo, MI

This inaugural session of XTreme LA took place in Sept 2007 when 25 young leaders came to Kalamazoo, MI to offer creative solutions for an underused downtown and lack of connectivity between area landmarks.