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Emerging Professionals–Pro Bono Project

“Education. Beauty. Safety.”  –The three goals for a new schoolyard, as stated by a school official at PRIDE Elementary School, in Oakland.

In February 2012, ASLA Emerging Professionals (EP) members Carmen Erasmus, Melinda Stockmann, and Kate Tollefson completed their pro bono work with PRIDE Elementary School, in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, to brainstorm ideas to enhance their schoolyard and support establishment of an edible school garden.  Over the past year, the EP members volunteered with Gordon Piper, from the Oakland Landscaping Committee, continuing the efforts of EP volunteer Alex Witte, who drafted a design for planter boxes (in early 2011), which school volunteers used to construct boxes for a new edible garden at the school.

The final product of our […]

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Trees Can Save Your Life

A bold statement — and, if proof could be offered, an effective argument for allocating public resources to the protection and expansion of our urban forests.

Few will argue with E. O. Wilson that “nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.”  However, many public agencies today have come to regard trees in the public realm as financial liabilities in the face of devastating cutbacks to their operating budgets.  Trees are good, but how can their care be justified when essential community services are in jeopardy?

What urban trees need is compelling evidence that they provide public health and environmental benefits that exceed the costs of their maintenance.  USDA Forest Service Research is sponsoring scientific studies […]

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May 16 APBP Webinar: In-Street Bicycle Parking: What, When, Where, How Much?

The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) will be hosting the next Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) monthly webinar on Wednesday, May 16 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (PST). The topic is In-Street Bicycle Parking: What, When, Where, How Much?. An updated description of this webinar is provided below. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to me via e-mail or phone.

The webinar is presented at the Alameda CTC offices at 1333 Broadway, Suite 300 in Downtown Oakland (at City Center/12th Street BART). Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

The Alameda CTC pays the APBP registration fee of $50, so attendance is free and open to all.

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ASLA Advocacy Day 2012

Each year, ASLA advocates travel from across the country to Washington, D.C. to advocate for policy issues important to the landscape architecture profession. During their congressional visits, landscape architects strive to raise the visibility of the profession with legislators and key staff to educate them on the many ways that landscape architects provide solutions to a myriad of problems facing our nation.

This year, ASLA Advocacy Day will take place on Thursday, May 10th when ASLA advocates will meet with their legislators and key staff to discuss critical transportation design and planning legislation including: Reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act and the innovative ways landscape architects are helping their communities manage […]

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BART unveils new draft bicycle plan, seeks public comment

Over the past year, BART has crafted a brand new bicycle plan that defines the strategies BART will pursue over the next 10 years to double the number of passengers who access stations by bike. This is an update to BART’s first Bicycle Plan, published 10 years ago.

Approximately 4%, or about 14,000 passengers, currently reach BART stations each weekday by bicycle. Building on the success of past BART bicycle access improvements, the growth in popularity of bicycle travel throughout the BART service area, and the significant improvements to bike travel recommended in this plan, this BART Bicycle Plan’s goal is to double this rate, to 8% by 2022, by transforming BART from a system that allows bikes to one that […]

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Landscape Architecture Students–SF Garden Show Award Winners

Affiliate Chapter West Valley College Landscape Architecture Club was awarded a Gold Medal Garden Creator Award for the second consecutive year at the 2012 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. The club’s landscape design entry, entitled “PLANit Green,” was created by a team (Jeanne Eige, Julia Bell, Martin Fregoso, Hip Delgado, Thea French, and Jesus Mora) led by Club President, Leslie Peluso, Student Affiliate ASLA. David Brenner, owner of Habitat Horticulture (creator of the Living Wall exhibit at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences), collaborated with the team, and created four living columns for their design. Sustainable reuse concepts, such as urbanite paving and a recycled metal c-stud wall were highlights of the project. The California native plants used […]

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April Is National Landscape Architecture Month

April is National Landscape Architecture Month. It’s a month to celebrate the legacy of the landscape architecture profession and the role of landscape architects in creating the special places in which we live, work and play. As we celebrate the profession, it is our vision that shapes the land for public enjoyment.

Residential gardens, such as, the Donnell Garden at the tip of San Pablo Bay is considered a major garden in the advent of the modern landscape movement in California. It was to become the most significant single residential garden project of the combined talents of Thomas Church and Lawrence Halprin, which conjures some of the free-flowing expressionism of the time, reflected on canvas by Le Corbusier or Picasso. It […]

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National celebrations to highlight the profession and its contributions to public health.


Washington, D.C., April, 26, 2012 – Landscape architects will join others from Honolulu to Philadelphia and gather today on local street corners, in parks, and on trails in celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM). An often-misunderstood profession, landscape architects will demonstrate how they design the environment by preserving nature, creating active ecosystems, enhancing biodiversity, contributing to cleaner air and, in particular, encouraging healthier lifestyles.

“Landscape architects create spaces that promote physical activity, including parks, recreational facilities, bicycle paths, walking trails, and transportation corridors that offer alternatives to a reliance on cars,” said Susan Hatchell, president of the American Society […]

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