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Live Upcoming ASLA Events:
The Social Engineering of Flood Recovery - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

This session is $40.00 for ASLA Members
Date/Time:
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2:00-3:00 PM  Eastern Time (US & Canada)
$165.00
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Description:

One of the biggest hurdles faced by communities recovering from a flood is that the community itself needs to come together, become more involved and develop new partnerships to move forward with recovery. As landscape architects who work for government agencies on behalf of a community to restore devastated amenities and facilities, we see how quickly plans with the best intentions can be derailed solely based on the process used to develop them.

Many plans need to be driven by the engineer or Town in order to meet funding, permitting and requirements. With a community driven project, the people themselves set the priorities and endorse action as it moves forward over the years of reconstruction and recovery. This presentation centers on how true collaboration between landscape architects and engineers can provide a better outcome that balances the social needs of a community with the technical needs of a floodplain.

 

Objectives:

  • Understand the value of landscape architecture in flood recovery.
  • Understand the importance of community input during the planning process.
  • Understand how to develop and leverage partnerships to increase community support.

Presenter(s):
Mark Wilcox , ASLA, Principal, DHM Design
SPOTLIGHT mini-series: Urban Voids of Los Angeles - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/NON-HSW)

This session is $40.00 for ASLA Members
Date/Time:
Wednesday, August 10th, 1:00-2:00 PM  Eastern Time (US & Canada)
$160.00
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Description:

The City of Los Angeles has grown from urban sprawl, and evidentially inherent pockets of under-utilized, un-planned, or mis-used voids throughout the City. Setting up a kit of parts for reinvigorating/regenerating these spaces, this research attempts to inform and formulate different design strategies in approaching these urban voids. Whether the spaces can be enhanced in social connectivity, or improved in ecological performance, the study showcases a closer look in-between, and aim to enrich the potential growth of Los Angeles.

 

Objectives:

  • To explore various urban voids in central Los Angeles and identify their correlation to its surroundings and potentials.
  • To explore design interventions that increase the usage of inactive urban spaces and promote social interactions with its urban setting.
  • To recognize natural process and enhance the ecological performance in their urban voids.
Presenter(s):
Estevan Castaneda , Student ASLA, Cal Poly Pomona, BSLA
SPOTLIGHT mini-series: Correlating Patterns in the Urban Landscape: Biophilia and Landscape Configuration - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

This session is $40.00 for ASLA Members
Date/Time:
Monday, August 15th, 2:00-3:00 PM  Eastern Time (US & Canada)
$160.00
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Description:

Innovators look towards natural ecology as a source for inspiration in the urban environment. As designers, we are attempting to identify connections between biomimicry, inspiration from nature, ecological design principles and biophilia, human beneficial connection, and love of nature. The aim is to establish a relationship between ecological principles of landscape configuration and biophilic patterns currently existing in urban areas.

Focusing on existing public parks and plazas within five European cities, patterns of biophilia were correlated against landscape configuration characteristics and principal components were extracted. Statistical analysis attempts to explain the identified relationships between public spaces and natural patterns, as well as conditions which are conducive to both human and biological life, biophilic patterns, and cultural appreciation for nature. The comparison: 1) illustrate how natural features are visually, physically, and spatially portrayed in the current built environment and 2) promote integration of natural ecosystems into urban culture.

 

Objectives:

  • Learn how existing urban landscapes utilize ecological patterns, including biophilia and landscape configuration in their designs.
  • Learn about the potential benefits of integrating biophilia, biomimicry and landscape configuration into the built environment.
  • Learn a method to distinguish existing and design complex spatial landscape dynamics into the urban environment (for human and ecological benefit, through the development of biophilic patterns).

Presenter(s):
Kimberly Dietzel , Associate ASLA
SPOTLIGHT mini-series: Capturing Perceptions: Instagram, Twitter, and Professional Practice - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/NON-HSW)

This session is $40.00 for ASLA Members
Date/Time:
Thursday, August 18th, 1:00-2:00 PM  Eastern Time (US & Canada)
$160.00
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Description:

Visual social media such as Instagram and Twitter have the potential to offer more than a chronicle of our everyday lives. They allow landscape architects to reach into a vast storehouse of visual information and extract valuable information about the general public's shared landscape experiences. An ability to collect and analyze this information can give landscape architects, urban planners, and researchers insight into how snapshots reveal individual preferences and interpretations of the built environment.

This presentation will take the practitioner on a technological journey through the Instagram API Console and its potential when applied to a real site in an attempt to answer if this type of Big Data can be used to find hidden patterns and commonalities in the landscape. Webinar participants will learn how to use Twitter’s “Streaming API” to build their own tool for site analysis, post-occupancy evaluation, and design research.

 

Objectives:

  • Learn how Big Data is changing how the public views, collects and disseminates information about the landscape.
  • Learn how technology has changed how people view the landscape and how it has remained the same.
  • Learn how the tool can be applied to find hidden patterns and commonalities in the built environment.



Presenter(s):
Kimberly Kneifl , Associate ASLA
SPOTLIGHT mini-series: The Importance of Good Design: Comparing Play in the UK vs US - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

This session is $40.00 for ASLA Members
Date/Time:
Wednesday, August 24th, 1:00-2:00 PM  Eastern Time (US & Canada)
$160.00
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Description:

Play environments encourage physical activity, socialization, and provide opportunities to get outside. However, many of these environments in the United States have become increasingly homogenized and safe as play regulations and insurance requirements respond to societal concerns over children’s risk and safety. Play environments in countries with a higher tolerance of risk often offer more dynamic and interesting play models.

 

Over a 6-month period in London, we visited 45 playgrounds and assessed 16, collecting data on user gender, age, ethnicity, and activity levels. By comparing playgrounds of similar size (.25-.75 acres) and population density (50,000-175,000 people in 1-mile radius) in London to those in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, we discovered that environments with fewer “off the shelf” components with more unique design elements and play surfaces, had 55% more visitors and 16-18% higher moderate to vigorous physical activity in children and teens.

 

Objectives:

  • Learn about different play environment design models, including varieties of equipment and surfacing.
  • Discover equipment and surfacing types that encourage higher levels of physical activity and promote health.
  • Explore direct observation techniques for assessing the built environment.
Presenter(s):
Meghan Talarowski , Associate ASLA
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