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NLAM – SF Bike Tour Recap

NLAM – SF Bike Tour Recap

April 28, 2013 turned out to be sunny and warm enough to take the typical morning chill out of the air; a lovely day for a casual bike ride through San Francisco. The group met at the Ferry Building and, in typical Bay Area fashion, the tour commenced at 9AM sharp… meaning 9:05.

The group had backgrounds and/or interests in engineering, gardening, architecture and design, although there were no landscape architects other than the tour leader. That worked out well, because the whole idea was to help increase awareness of the profession.

We started with Halprin’s Justin Herman Plaza and the Vaillancourt Fountain. This is one controversial piece of modernist art with most folks siding on the demolition side of the debate. For many years  the fountain sat […]

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NLAM SF Bike Tour

NLAM SF Bike Tour

National Landscape Architecture Month – Landscape Architecture Bicycle Tour

Celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month with a casual bike tour of San Francisco public spaces. Tour will start downtown, winding north and stopping at historical and contemporary, award-winning sites designed by landscape architects. Check out landscapes, views of the bay, and pedal up to that iconic bridge north of town.

When: Sunday, April 28 – Tour starts 9AM sharp

Where: Meet at Embarcadero Ferry Building under the clock

Cost: FREE! but must RSVP

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Bring your cameras, snacks/water, layered clothing and your bike. Should take 2.5 to 3 hours.

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Students Take the Prize

Students Take the Prize

Congratulations to the landscape architecture students at Arizona State University who took home multiple awards, including the ASLA award and Best of Show, for their installation “Inside Out” at the 2013 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Local landscape architecture students were also recognized for their efforts. UC Berkeley students won gold, and students from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University earned a silver medal for their installations.

This year, the garden creators were asked to base their designs on a country or geographic region. ASU drew inspiration from urban Mexican culture and architects Ricardo Legorreta and Luis Barragan. Their strong plant palette, innovative use (re-use) of materials, and unique sculptural features created an ‘outdoor’ space that effectively evoked Mexico and showcased the comfort and intimacy […]

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40 Years of Landscape Architecture

40 Years of Landscape Architecture

Aspen Ecotone by Anna Shmitz of Cal Poly

The Landscape Architecture curriculum at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo celebrates its 40 anniversary this year (2013).  The program prepares students for professional careers dedicated to planning, designing, and managing landscapes essential to the well-being of a healthy society and natural environment.  Landscape Architects shape the world we live in, and therefore, the curriculum is structured to help students develop the values, knowledge, and skills necessary to address human and societal needs within a broad range of project types and environmental scales. The Landscape Architecture Department is one of five departments in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University.  During its 40 years, the Landscape Architecture […]

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ASLA National Launches Mobile-Friendly Land Arch City Guide

ASLA National Launches Mobile-Friendly Land Arch City Guide

Just launched today… ASLA National has created a mobile-friendly guide to their fair city. press release states the site was created to help visitors and locals discover more than 75 historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va.  However, its expert commentary and more than 800 photos, maps and plans make this site a knockout resource for anyone particularly interested in landscape architecture, and will hold the attention of seasoned landscape architects as well as general visitors, locals and tourists.

The amount of detail and work is commendable. The primary purpose was to have the site optimized for mobile devices. The guide is divided into 16 distinct tours including a tour of the new D.C. bicycle network. Each tour […]

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Re-Dedicating our Iconic Landscapes

Re-Dedicating our Iconic Landscapes

This event will take place in early September. It’s going to be a great opportunity highlight the profession as a whole and catch the eye of local public officials, so we’ll be looking for volunteers to help with organizing.

First, however, we are soliciting suggestions on selecting a site. Spaces should have national, historic, environmental or cultural significance. They may be public or private or urban or rural. Examples include streetscapes, a trail system, a park or other noteworthy spaces. We have some ideas, but we want to hear yours. Submit your suggestions to

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2013 ASLA Committee Openings

Opportunities for 2013 ASLA National and Local Chapter Committee Service

Over the next several weeks, National ASLA President-Elect Tom Tavella, will be considering appointments for committee service during his term as ASLA President (October 1, 2012–November 18, 2013). All ASLA members are eligible for committee service, and terms commence immediately following the ASLA 2012 Annual Meeting & EXPO in Phoenix, Arizona. Most committees meet monthly or bimonthly via conference call. To volunteer for service on one or more ASLA National committees, please respond by email to, indicating the group(s) of interest to you. A few brief comments on your interests and experience would be helpful as well, but professional commitment and the desire to contribute through ASLA committee […]

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Tools of the Trade Exhibition

Tools of the Trade Exhibition

Designers use tools for learning the art of design, for teaching, and for communicating ideas in the studio, the office, the field, and on the site.

People often see the results of design; the buildings and landscapes that inform our everyday world. Rarely do we get to see the tools that make the design of this world possible. This exhibition features tangible items that help a designer carry out the day-to-day tasks of becoming and then practicing as an architect, landscape architect, or planner. It presents ways in which objects were used for learning and teaching design, from shade and shape to perspective and shadow. It shows methods of drafting, presenting ideas, and conducting field work.

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EP Event: ADA/Universal Design

EP Event: ADA/Universal Design

The Emerging Professionals organized a presentation and discussion on ADA/Universal Design on May 30, 2012 at MIG’s office in Berkeley. Tim Gilbert (MIG) and Michael Anderson (East Bay Regional Park District) shared their experiences integrating Universal Design principles in their work as designers and planners in the SF Bay Area.

Tim provided some great information regarding disability including some startling statistics: 54 million American have some disability with 29 million having a severe disability; there are more people with vision and hearing disabilities than there are with mobility disabilities.  By 2040 the number of Americans with disabilities will triple. He also reminded us that ADA is a civil rights law, it is not a building code but rather is about equal opportunity.

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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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