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LAF Events at the ASLA Annual Meeting

This year, LAF has a number of activities planned to increase awareness about our programs and their impact. Our 25th Annual Benefit atop the NEWSEUM promises to be a one-of-a-kind event. We’re offering a number of ways you can learn about our new Landscape Performance Series and how it can help you show the value of sustainable landscape solutions. And we’re debuting a new website and our Conversations with Leaders in Landscape videos, including a chance to participate by visiting our Expo Hall Booth. If you’ll be in town for the conference, we hope that you’ll join us for one, some, or all of these events.benefit-2009people434x358

Top Story! LAF 25th Annual Benefit
Fri, Sept 10, 7:00-10:30pm
Join us for an unforgettable evening atop the NEWSEUM, where we’ll recognize the 2010 Olmsted Scholars, launch the Landscape Performance Series, and debut LAF’s new website and Conversations with Leaders in Landscape videos. Proceeds support LAF’s research and scholarship programs.

LAF Booth at ASLA Expo Hall (#2155)
Sat, Sept 11, 9:30-5:00pm
Sun, Sept 12, 9:30-5:00pm
Stop by our booth to learn more about LAF, see our new Landscape Performance Series and website, meet the 2010 Olmsted Scholars, and register for our Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes. If you choose, come prepared to share your thoughts on camera for potential inclusion in LAF’s new Conversations with Leaders in Landscape videos.

Landscape Performance Tools Education Sessionexpobooth
Sat, Sept 11, 11:00-12:30pm
Don’t miss this session, which provides tools and ideas to help you quantify the benefits of projects and increase your impact. LAF’s Barbara Deutsch and Heather Whitlow, Deb Guenther of Mithun, and Beth Meyers of the University of Virginia present Landscape Performance Tools: Metrics for Culture and Environment. Panelists will use case studies to illustrate the value of metrics in showing environmental, social, economic, and aesthetic benefits of high performing landscapes.

Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes
Sun, Sept 12, 4:30pm
Join us in the ASLA Expo Hall as we announce the winner of the week-long trip for two to the unique Anvaya Cove community in the Philippines, valued at over $8,000. Entrants need not be present to win.

Conversations with Leaders in Landscape: New Videos Available

ss-videosdmitchellCheck out the first six videos in our new Conversations with Leaders in Landscape initiative. These videos kick off the Landscape Performance Series and feature 21distinguished leaders in the profession discussing landscape performance and sustainability.

LAF sends special thanks to AHBE Landscape Architects for their editing and technical support services, and to HOK and Landscape Forms for their help in filming the interviews.

We’ll be  collecting footage for future videos at our Expo Hall Booth (#2155) during the ASLA Annual Meeting Sept 10-13 in Washington, DC. Stop by to share your insights and stay tuned for more videos.

You can access the videos from our Conversations with Leaders in Landscape page or see them on LAF’s Vimeo page.

Leaders in Landscape Architecture Assess the Profession

On May 11, 2010, 24 leaders in landscape architecture gathered in Chicago for a moderated roundtable discussion sponsored by Landscape Forms and LAF. The purpose was to share ideas on how current economic realities are impacting landscape architecture practice, how firms are responding to the challenge, and how participants see the prospects for the profession. Guests came from 15 states and all regions of the country, from small proprietor-led practices and large interdisciplinary firms.

Barbara Faga of AECOM, San Francisco observed, “We are in a paradigm shift and we’ve just got to get used to it.” She noted that the opportunities now are in infrastructure: water resources, healthy cities, and transportation. “The easy projects are done,” she declared. “Now they’re all going to be difficult. They’re not going to be greenfields. They’re all going to be in town, they’re all going to be complicated, and they’re all going to have political action attached to them. We should be involved in these because that’s where the work is and that’s something we know about doing. It’s still our work. We’ve just got to reorganize it.”

View the full Roundtable summary here or on the Landscape Forms Community page.

LAF Case Study Book Wins 2010 Great Places Award

The Environmental Design Research Association announced its 2010 Great Places Award winners, and recognized Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle’s Urban Community Gardens with the award for a recently published book advancing the critical understanding of place and the design of exceptional environments. The book is the fifth in LAF’s Land and Community Design Case Study Series.


To celebrate this important achievement, LAF, along with the George Washington University Landscape Design Program and the Potomac Chapter and Maryland Chapter of ASLA, hosted authors Jeffrey Hou and Julie Johnson from the University of Washington and Laura Lawson from the University of Illinois for a lecture, reception, and book-signing event in Washington, DC on June 2, 2010.  The authors presented insights from their research to an engaged audience of over 50 landscape architects, community organizers, students, and community gardening enthusiasts. 

The book highlights community gardens in Seattle where there has been a strong network of knowledge and resources. The case studies reveal the capacity of urban gardens to address larger community issues, like food security, urban ecosystem health, sustainable design, active living and equity concerns. The authors also examine how landscape architecture, planning, and allied design professionals can better interact in the making of these unique urban open spaces.

More information and online ordering are available through the University of Washington Press.

2009 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes Winner Returns

Richard Heriford, the winner of LAF’s first Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes, has just returned from his all expense paid, week-long trip to EDSA’s Crosswaters Ecolodge & Spa, located in the Nankun Mountain Reserve in Guangdong Province, China. This award-winning resort is one of the first ecotourism destinations in China.

chinatrip657-pif2Richard had an incredible experience and said that the resort could not have been more beautiful with its layering of natural and designed environments.

“The Crosswinds resort is truly spectacular. The intimate luxury hotel sits on the river’s edge high in the mountains about 2 hours from Gaungzhou Airport. The building design and landscape architecture work hand-in-hand to create a visually rich and relaxing atmosphere, while the staff keeps a watchful eye on every detail.”

“During our six-day visit, we were assigned a two-bedroom River Villa, complete with sound from the rushing stream. During the day we enjoyed several chinatrip723-pifside trips to nearby villages and towns to explore local culture and site seeing. In the afternoons we received resort signature spa treatments and tea. And each evening, we consulted with the kitchen staff in preparation for our Hakka style dinner.”

“In addition to great design the resort is blessed with a great staff. Everyone we meet did their personal best to make us feel welcome in their country. I can’t wait to return. Many thanks to LAF and EDSA for a delightful trip!”

Stayed tuned for information on LAF’s 2010 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes to learn how you could win a trip for two to AECOM’s Anvaya Cove in the Philippines.