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Five Landscape Performance Education Grants Available for Fall 2016

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To help university landscape architecture programs integrate landscape performance into their curriculum, LAF is offering five $2,500 mini-grants to faculty for the Fall 2016 term/semester. Landscape performance is part of the the revised 2016 LAAB Accreditation Standards, which take effect starting with landscape architecture programs scheduled for accreditation reviews in fall 2017.

Faculty selected for the Landscape Performance Education Grants will work with LAF to develop and test models to incorporate landscape performance in standard landscape architecture courses, such as research and methods, site planning and analysis, design studios, and other lecture or seminar courses.

Applications are now available and will be due June 15, 2016. Each application is to include a teaching proposal, which will be evaluated for quality and feasibility by LAF and an independent committee of educators. Grant recipients will be announced in early July.

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Grant recipients will work closely with LAF and its Education Committee to finalize the teaching proposals, which will then be implemented during the Fall 2016 term/semester. Formal course evaluations will be used to determine the success and replicability of the teaching models tested, including whether specific landscape performance learning objectives are met.

Course materials developed through the Landscape Performance Education Grants are added to the Resources for Educators section of LandscapePerformance.org. This library of teaching tools includes syllabi, reading lists, and sample student assignments, as well as faculty reflections on their pedagogical approaches and experiences teaching landscape performance.

LAF awarded five Landscape Performance Education Grants in 2014 and five in 2015. This third round will bring the total in mini-grants awarded to educators to $37,500.

Landscape Performance in LAAB Accreditation Standards

The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), the official accrediting body for first professional programs in landscape architecture in the U.S., has included landscape performance in its recently-revised accreditation standards for all bachelor’s and master’s level programs. Landscape performance is listed in the Professional Curriculum section as one of the topics to be covered under “Assessment and Evaluation.”

laab-logoThe Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) strongly supported this change, as did many of our colleagues in academia and professional practice, who provide input to the revision process. Future landscape architects must be able to assess and communicate the environmental, social, and economic impacts of design solutions.

Moving forward, as each landscape architecture program comes up for accreditation renewal (every 6 years), the program will need to demonstrate how landscape performance is being addressed. The revised 2016 LAAB Accreditation Standards take effect starting with landscape architecture programs scheduled for accreditation reviews in fall 2017. The revised 2016 LAAB Accreditation Procedures are effective immediately.

To assist faculty in incorporating landscape performance into coursework, LAF has developed a Resources for Educators database of sample teaching materials for studio, seminar, and lecture courses. Materials include syllabi, reading lists, and sample student assignments, as well as faculty reflections on their pedagogical approaches and experiences teaching landscape performance.

LAF will also continue to provide support to faculty through its Landscape Performance Education Grants. These $2,500 mini-grants allow select university faculty to develop and test models for integrating landscape performance into standard landscape architecture course offerings. Ten mini-grants were awarded in 2014 and 2015. LAF will offer five more for the Fall 2016 term/semester. Applications will be available in May and due June 15.

Animation Wins Competition to Communicate the Impact of #landarch on Well-Being

Congratulations to Lovisa Kjerrgren, who won the 2015 Wayne Grace Memorial Student Competition with her short animation entitled “Pretty Heroic.” The competition and its $10,000 USD prize was sponsored by the Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Foundation. Entrants had to develop a communications piece that effectively conveys the vital role that landscape architects play in protecting and enhancing the public’s well-being, as identified in the “Definition of Welfare” research conducted by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB).

In the winning animation, the characters’ lives are enhanced by the work done by landscape architects, shown wearing capes in one scene. From the dialogue:

“Landscape architects may not have super powers, but they have the knowledge, skills and passion it takes to design environments that promote the welfare of you and your fellow members of the public for today and the future, and that is pretty heroic.”

 

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Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Lovisa recently graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. When asked how she settled on landscape architecture as a career, she said, “For me, it’s all about the dynamic combination of having the elements of art and creativity and marrying that with science, knowing that this really relates to people’s lives and the environment we live in.” Lovisa said the biggest challenge in creating the animation was scaling it back to be concise without losing the message she wanted to deliver.

LAF was honored to serve on the five-member jury of landscape architecture and communications professionals who unanimously selected Kjerrgren’s entry as the winner. The jury members were:

  • Stephanie Landregan, FASLA, LARBF Chair and CLARB Past President
  • Kenneth Backman, FASLA, LARBF Past Chair, CLARB Past President
  • Terry Poltrack, Director of Public Relations and Communications, American Society of Lanscape Architects
  • Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation
  • Jim Brown, Trail Development Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (and 2012 LAF Olmsted Scholar)

New Resources to Teach Landscape Performance

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Attention landscape architecture faculty preparing for the upcoming schoolyear: The Resources for Educators section of LandscapePerformance.org now features materials from 10 university landscape architecture courses that incorporate landscape performance. The materials include syllabi, reading lists, assignments, sample student work, and faculty reflections on their pedagogical approaches and experiences teaching landscape performance. Whether you are looking to devote a class period to landscape performance or use it as an organizing theme for the entire semester, these teaching materials provide you with some tried and tested models.

The course materials were developed through LAF’s Landscape Performance Education Grants, a program that offers $2,500 mini-grants to faculty to develop and test ways to integrate landscape performance into standard landscape architecture course offerings. Five new courses were recently added from the faculty members that participated during the Spring 2015 term. They include studio, seminar, and lecture courses, ranging from introductory to advanced.

Many landscape architecture faculty are already teaching performance in some capacity, and the concept is being increasingly embraced in academia and practice:

“In my opinion, students graduating with a landscape architecture degree must have exposure to the theories and methods regarding landscape performance, including aesthetic and ecosystem service contributions, in order to become responsible and effective designers.”
            — Kofi Boone, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Students also see tremendous benefit to being exposed to performance in their landscape architecture coursework:

“Learning about performance landscapes is beneficial to our education, and I think it should be taught more due to the state of our planet. If I had to critique any aspect of our performance studio it would be that I wish we could have done more with it. There need to be more non-studio classes addressing landscape performance.”
          — Wayne Nemec, Third-Year BLA Student, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

LAF is committed to helping the next generation of design professionals obtain the knowledge and technical skills they need to measure and communicate the environmental, economic, and social impact of landscape solutions. The Landscape Performance Education Grants were made possible with support from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s Foundation for Education & Research. A total of ten $2,500 grants were awarded in 2014 and 2015. LAF is actively pursuing funding and sponsorships to be able to continue the program in future years.

LAF Takes Manhattan (Kansas)

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and its research initiatives will be well-represented at the upcoming Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference March 24-28 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

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LAF will present during four Concurrent Sessions, give updates at the CELA Board and Administrators Meetings, and host a meet-and-greet for the 2015 CSI Research Fellows and Landscape Performance Education Grant recipients. The program also features a number of presentations from LAF program participants and grant recipients, speaking about their experience and findings.

Research from and about LAF’s Landscape Performance SeriesCase Study Investigation (CSI) program, and Landscape Performance Education Grant program will be part of four sessions:


Concurrent Session 3 - Wed, 3/25, 3:40-5:00 pm

Landscape Performance in Design Education

Presentations:   Accelerating the Adoption of Landscape Performance in Design Education
                              Arianna Koudounas and Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation

                              Integrating Landscape Performance Strategies into Design
                              Kenneth Brooks, Arizona State University

                              Analysis to Site Design: Landscape Performance and the Design Studio
                              Aidan Ackerman and Maria Bellalta, Boston Architectural College

 
Concurrent Session 4 - Thur, 3/26, 8:30-9:50 am

Evaluating Social Performance Through Practice-Based Research

Panel with:          Skip Graffam, OLIN
                              Victoria Chanse, University of Maryland
                              Arianna Koudounas, Landscape Architecture Foundation


Concurrent Session 5 - Thur, 3/26, 10:40am-12:00 pm

Presentations Based on 2014 CSI Research and an Evaluation of Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs

Presentations:   Quantification of the Benefits of the Lincoln Road Streetscape Revitalization
                              Ebru Ozer, Florida International University

                              The Social Life of Cool Urban Spaces: Learning from Sundance Square Plaza
                              AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Sammons Park

                              Taner R. Ozdil, PhD, James P. Richards, and Justin Earl, University of Texas
                              at Arlington

                              Performance Measurement: Cross-disciplinary comparison on definition,
                              framework, metric and method

                              Yi Luo, PhD, Texas Tech University and Ming-Han Li, PhD, Texas A&M University

 
Concurrent Session 10 - Fri, 3/27, 4:15-5:35 pm

Measuring Landscape Performance: Metrics, Methods, and Tools

Presentations:   Keeping it Real: Striving for Accurate and Appropriate use of Tools to Measure
                              Landscape Performance

                              Mary Myers, Temple University and D. Smith

                              Landscape Performance of Built Projects: Comparing Landscape Architecture
                              Foundation’s Published Metrics and Methods

                              Yi Luo, PhD, Texas Tech University and Ming-Han Li, PhD, Texas A&M University

                              Landscape Performance Metrics and Methods: A Discussion of What to Measure
                              and How

                              Jessica Canfield and Katherine Leise, Kansas State University,
                              Bo Yang, PhD and Chris Binder, Utah State

                              Evaluating Performance: A Guidebook for Metric and Method Selection
                              Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation