Washington, D.C., November 14, 2013 - The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) commends Senator Tom Udall (NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (MD) for introducing yesterday S. 1677, and H.R. 3449 ,the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act. The intent of the legislation is to provide critical support to advanced stormwater strategies that improve our nation’s ability to effectively manage polluted runoff and sewage overflows while relieving pressure on aging infrastructure.
The legislation would establish up to five regional centers of excellence that would conduct research, develop recommendations, and provide training and technical assistance for implementing practices for stormwater control and management. It would also promote the use of innovative stormwater solutions within the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water and related programs [...]
November 27, 2013
The annual installation of officers was held on November 18, the final day of the 2013 meeting. Newly installed officers are: President Mark A. Focht, FASLA; President-Elect K. Richard “Dick” Zweifel, FASLA (who is also the outgoing Education VP); Education VP Kay Williams, FASLA; Government Affairs VP Thomas R. Doolittle, ASLA; and Communications VP Pamela J. Linn, ASLA. Officers continuing their service are: Membership VP Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA; Finance VP David L. Lycke, FASLA; and Professional Practice VP Annette P. Wilkus, FASLA, and Immediate Past President Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA. See the full story in yesterday’s LAND.
At its meeting, the Board of Trustees: approved the 2014 program and capital expense budgets and the 2014 Annual [...]
The National Complete Street Coalition founder Barbara McCann recently released her new book entitled Completing Our Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks, which highlights how complete streets approaches to roadway design have multiple positive outcomes for community safety while also providing much needed transportation alternatives.
What can we do to support Complete Streets in our communities? Here are some suggestions, from Complete Streets: Fundamentals for starting a conversation with our neighbors and local policymakers to talk about:
• schools that have no sidewalks out front,
• bus stops that are not accessible for people in wheelchairs,
• missing crosswalks by the grocery store,
• no safe routes to bicycle to work, &
• other particularly problematic & unsafe streets
Visit the [...]
ASLA is inviting landscape architecture firms to submit their qualifications to serve as lead consultant for the green street demonstration project surrounding ASLA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood. The deadline is January 15, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EST. The project involves the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems and proven technologies to manage stormwater runoff and beautify the public right-of-way.
ASLA intends this project to be a world-class model and education tool for developers, designers, city officials, and the public. For more information, and to submit your firm’s qualifications click here.
Mitch Howard posted this interview with John Greenlee on the Land8 blog.
Coming up this week, are two webinars that are part of the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly webinar series covering: 1) accessible play surfaces and 2) new guidelines the Board issued for outdoor developed areas on federal sites.
These webinars were originally planned for earlier this month but were rescheduled due to the government shutdown. The Webinar on Accessible Play Surfaces is scheduled for November 7, and Webinar on Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas is scheduled for November 8. For more information click here, which includes registration instructions.
Sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 11:30am Pacific unless otherwise noted.
Sessions are offered free of charge. All sessions are closed [...]
Land8 is kicking off November with the launch of Film-tastic Fridays! Every Friday, Land8 starts the morning off with a short and inspiring landscape architecture-related video.
This week’s video is from Architectural Digest and Delta, featuring Walter Hood, “a landscape architect who transforms public spaces into community gathering places.”
What makes for good urban trick-or-treating? Neighborhoods that are safe, walkable and affluent enough to hand out candy. Which is why, although it may have a very low overall percentage of children, San Francisco was chosen for the 3rd year in a row as the best place for trick-or-treating. The rating was done by the real estate website, Zillow.com, which looked at real estate values, density, neighborhood walkability and crime stats.
San Jose was ranked 4th, following Boston and Honolulu, and came in ahead of Seattle, Los Angeles, and Portland. Zillow also ranked the top 5 individual neighborhoods within each city. They will be unveiling each of them over the course of this week.
A One Day Conference
Thursday 21 November 2013, UC Berkeley
Ubiquitous in the urban landscape, concrete channels embody a mid-20th-century attitude of subduing nature and maximizing developable land. Yet these optimistically-engineering structures have proven hard to maintain, and society increasingly regrets the loss of riparian ecosystems and the opportunity for human recreation and renewal once offered by the natural streams. As concrete channels inevitably age and reach the end of their design lives, river managers confront the question of what to do with this deteriorating infrastructure? Can the channels be rebuilt or modified to pass floods increasing due to urbanization and climate change? Or is this an opportunity to implement alternative approaches [...]
In February 2013, twenty professionals and volunteers from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the National Park Service, and the Great Shasta Rail Trail Core Team met in Sacramento, CA for a day-long design workshop. The volunteer landscape architects from the Northern California Chapter included Dave Mitchell, Chris Kent and John Stevenson. The vision for the project is to develop an 80-mile scenic multi-use trail along an existing rail bed between the towns of McCloud and Burney, near Mt. Shasta, California. The workshop focused on developing solutions for the project’s design challenges and generating visuals which communicate these ideas to the [...]