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If you’ll be in San Diego for ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, we hope you’ll join us for one or more of the following events to support and raise awareness about LAF programs. In addition to the Olmsted Scholars and Landscape Performance Series , we’ll be showcasing Case Study Investigation (CSI), LAF’s newest initiative to integrate landscape performance in professional practice and design education.
The Sky’s the Limit - LAF 26th Annual Benefit
Sun, Oct 30, 5:00-9:30pm
Join us on the exclusive Ivy Rooftop at the Andaz Hotel for a delightful evening, where we’ll honor the 2011 Olmsted Scholars, recognize the faculty Research Fellows who led the summer Case Study Investigation (CSI) collaborations, and showcase the Landscape Performance Series a year after launch. Proceeds support LAF’s research and scholarship programs.
LAF Booth in ASLA Expo Hall (#1118)
Mon, Oct 31, 9:00-5:00pm
Tue, Nov 1, 9:00-5:00pm
Stop by our booth to learn more about LAF, meet the 2011 Olmsted Scholars, see the Landscape Performance Series and results from our Case Study Investigation (CSI) initiative, and register for our Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes. We’ll also be conducting video interviews, so come prepared to share your thoughts for potential inclusion in our Conversations with Leaders in Landscape - we’d especially like to get anecdotes from past LAF Board members, scholarship winners, and reserach grantees.
EXPO Learning Lab: Landscape Performance Series
Mon, Oct 31, 10:30am
Learn how to use the resources of the Landscape Performance Series to demonstrate the impact of your projects and showcase your work.
Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes
Tue, Nov 1, 4:30pm
Join us in the ASLA Expo Hall as we draw the two grand prize winners of the week-long trip for two to Crosswater Ecolodge & Spa in China and the long weekend at the Carneros Inn in Napa, California. Entrants need not be present to win.
The fourth Xtreme LA event was hosted on October 4-6 by the University of Arizona in Tucson. Xtreme LA is a creative challenge for the design leaders of tomorrow. This unique professional development program teams select young professionals and students with prominent landscape architects for an intense 2-day charrette, in which participants develop design solutions for urban initiatives in a host city. Many thanks to Landscape Forms for producing this event.
Thirteen young professionals (under 35 years old) from across the country, who were identified by their firms as potential leaders, came to Tuscon to work with 13 landscape architecture students from the University of Arizona on pressing transportation issues.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is embarking on a process to connect Tucson and Phoenix with intercity rail. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson plans to build a modern streetcar line from the university through downtown, the first leg of a planned streetcar, light rail, and commuter rail system. The Xtreme LA Challenge was to design streetcar stops along the likely path of the intercity rail line to create convenient transit connections and a sense of place around these nodes.
Participants were divided into two teams and worked under distiguished team leaders with extensive experience in urban revitalization and transportation projects. Sean M. (Monte) Wilson is a Senior Vice President and Director of the HOK Planning Group who has served as lead designer on a range of transit-oriented developments, urban revitalization studies, and master plans. Trevor McIntyre is a a Director at the IBI Group and has extensive experience in public consultation in the areas of transit-oriented development, design visioning, and waterfront development.
After briefs from local representatives and tours of key sites, the teams settled in to the studio for a day-and-a-half of strategizing, developing conceptual plans, and creating presentation materials for their solutions. The teams took very different approaches with Monte Wilson’s team offering broad and strategic suggestions framed as a series of recommendations, while Trevor McIntyre’s team focused on a target area and presented specific solutions including some interesting element/product ideas.
Final presentations were given before an audience that included members of city council, local government agencies,and interested citizens. There was a strong showing of support from the community, and all appreciated the range of ideas presented and will consider them as plans move forward.
Xtreme LA was conceived by and is sponsored by Landscape Forms in partnership with LAF. In addition to fostering critical thinking, team building, and creative expression, the program provides a unique opportunity for intergenerational professional development, which is increasingly absent due to the economic downsizing and the resultant gap in mentoring resources in many firms.
Now in its third year, LAF’s Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes offers a fun way to support the foundation’s research and scholarship programs. Matt Spidell of Castle Rock, Colorado was the winner of the 2010 sweepstakes and spent the last week of September in the Philippines at AECOM/Ayala Land’s Anvaya Cove resort.
Matt runs his own firm, Natural Design Solutions, Inc., which specializes in commercial development with an emphasis on xeric and sustainable design. He was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit a resort designed and built with unique ecological, economic and cultural sustainability features.
Matt and his wife Michelle spent three nights in Manila and three nights at Anvaya Cove during what proved to be an adventure-filled week, with heavy monsoon rains and Typhoon Nesat hitting the islands on the latter part of the trip. Despite the rain and experiencing their first typhoon, Matt and Michelle insist that they had a wonderful time.
“We so enjoyed our trip to the Philippines! We were fortunate to have the opportunity to fly on a world class air carrier, stay in a top-notch hotel in Manila, and experience the lovely Anvaya Cove resort, which is only a few hours drive from Manila.”
“We enjoyed experiencing the eco aspects of Anvaya Cove, which included recycling, non-potable water in our bathroom, advanced stormwater management, permeable parking, and energy efficient guest units. The resort was designed to provide customers a closeness to nature with indoor/outdoor dining, open air bars, pools and game rooms.”
“The dining facilities were oustanding with a variety of healthy options, including both American and Filipino entrees. We were equally impressed with the work ethic and customer service of the Filipinos. They made us feel like royalty.”
“We thank LAF, AECOM, and AyalaLand for hosting our trip. We enjoyed the culture, food and tropical environment and will always have fond memories of our time in the Philippines!”
LAF’s 2011 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes is now underway. Register now for your chance to win one of two exciting vacation packages: a week-long trip for two to Crosswaters Ecolodge & Spa, one of the first ecotourism destinations in China, or a long weekend at the Carneros Inn, a vineyard oasis located between California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
The Landscape Architecture Foundation is known for its scholarships and support of education that multiplies the effectiveness of landscape architects. Now LAF is helping to introduce landscape performance into design education. This fall marks LAF’s first coordinated effort to bring the concept of landscape performance into the classroom as we work with faculty at the University of Washington and the University of Virginia to educate landscape architecture students on the importance of quantifying landscape’s ecological, economic, and social benefits.
In today’s climate of downsizing, budget reductions and program cuts, providing proof of performance to the decision-makers who impact policies, programs, investments, and land development must be a critical part of design education. Students need the skills and knowledge to quantify and communicate objective data in order for landscape solutions to compete in this burgeoning evidence-based market.
That is why LAF has teamed with Associate Professor and Director of the Green Futures Research and Design Lab Nancy Rottle at University of Washington, and Associate Professor Kristina Hill, PhD at University of Virginia to pilot methods to integrate landscape performance in university curricula.
UW’s Sustainable Urban Landscapes: Landscape Performance graduate seminar incorporates a classroom-based pilot of LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) initiative. With the assistance of two Summer CSI Research Assistants, Pam Emerson and Delia Lacson, students in the course will work with local firms to develop methods to quantify benefits and document high performing landscape projects to produce LPS Case Study Briefs. Potential projects include Hubbard Homestead, North 40 at Brightwater, Washington State University LID Center, Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, Red Ribbon Park, and Magnuson Park. Watch for these case studies and more later this year.
At the University of Virginia, Professor Hill teaches that landscape performance is crucial to pursuing and evaluating successful design. In her Sites and Systems course, students will use the LPS this fall to review metrics that can be used to predict and/or determine levels of performance in designed public spaces. Students will also evaluate and propose other metrics based on their ability to measure diverse variables, such as aesthetic experience or walkability. Watch for new tools and calculators in the Benefits Toolkit in December.
LAF shares a vision with these talented professors of enhancing landscape design education, and ultimately leading the profession to routinely set and design for specific performance objectives, collect performance data, and document work. We thank Nancy and Kristina for taking the lead in this important movement, and for joining us in helping to prepare students to adapt to the future environment.
Contact LAF if you are interested in working with us to integrate landscape performance into your coursework. For more on this topic, look for LAF, Nancy Rottle, Kristina Hill and other CSI Fellows at the LAF Benefit, October 30 in San Diego, and the CELA Conference, March 28-31 at the University of Illinois.
It’s been a year since the Landscape Performance Series (LPS) was officially launched at LAF’s 2010 Annual Benefit by representatives of Founding Partner, the JJR/Roy Fund. Since then LAF has worked hard to build the LPS content and spread the word about this amazing resource.
upcoming presentations at the ULI Fall Meeting, 2011 ASLA Annual Meeting EXPO, and 2011 Cities Alive Green Roof & Wall Conference.We’ve personally introduced the LPS to over 2,000 people through 35 conferences, special events, and webinars. These include education sessions at major national conferences like the 2010 ASLA Annual Meeting, Greenbuild, CELA, LABASH, and the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, along with a host of local and regional events. While initial outreach has focused on the landscape architecture profession, soon we’ll be expanding efforts to target allied professions, nonprofits, and federal and municipal agencies. Look for our
2011 Honor Award for Communications from the Potomac and Maryland Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects. To date, the LPS webpages have been viewed 56,000 times by 8,000 unique users.The extensive outreach paid off in the form of a
The Case Study Briefs now number 18 and are the most popular LPS content. Among them, Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel, Yale’s Kroon Hall, and the Menomonee Valley Redevelopment are the most visited, while Cavallo Point is the most discussed. Our collections of Benefits Toolkit tools and Fast Facts have more than doubled since launch, and we’re working to expand the Scholarly Works to include materials from both students and faculty.
Case Study Investigation (CSI) initiative, which matched firms and faculty-student research teams, generated 25 new case studies and a wealth of information on methods and tools to quantify benefits.Even more LPS resources are coming this fall. Our summer
To mark the LPS’s one-year anniversary, we’ll be rolling out one new case study per weekday leading up to LAF’s Annual Benefit in San Diego on Oct 30. Visit the LPS Case Study Briefs landing page to see the latest or get our daily announcement via Facebook.
We also want to hear from you. How are you using the Landscape Performance Series? Have the resources helped you make the case for sustainable landscape solutions? Who else needs to learn about landscape performance? What would you like to see more of? Please share you thoughts in the comment area below or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.