Full day – up to 6 LA CEUs
Encore Presentations – Representing the Best of BSLA Member Presentations at ASLA, ABX, and NE Grows (All 1.5 hours)
Is It Working? Commissioning, Practical Measurement and Verification of Landscape Performance (Eric Kramer, ASLA, and Beka Sturges, Reed Hilderbrand)
With ever increasing pressure for designed landscapes to include high-performance systems and to return specific measurable outcomes, how do we confirm real-world effectiveness? This presentation outlines a specific approach to systematic performance assessment, one based on porting well-accepted methods from building-commissioning models to the landscape. Focused on Reed Hilderbrand’s project at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, the presentation will openly discuss successes as well as failures and important lessons learned.
Native to Spontaneous Flora: Developing Successful Plant Communities (Joseph Wahler, ASLA, Stephen Stimson Associates)
Landscape architects are working on increasingly complex sites with layered site histories and foundations. This session explores designed plant communities from eco-modeling of native communities to embracing spontaneous species. Recent works by Stephen Stimson Associates will be examined.
Phytoremediation: Pollutant Purging Plants (Kate Kennen, ASLA, Offshoots, Inc.)
Cost-effective, natural cleanup methods can be an effective strategy in mitigating on-site pollutants. Recent scientific studies on Phytotechnology, the ability of plants to uptake and remove contaminates, will be presented, including advantages and limitations of plant-based cleanup. This session will also explore PhytoForensics, a new set of techniques that uses data from plants to track subsurface contaminates.
Public By Design (Panel including Cheri Ruane, ASLA, Spurr Design Studio; Gretchen Schneider, AIA, BSA; Russ Preston, Principal Group; and Ayako Maruyama, Design Studio for Social Intervention)
For decades, “public engagement” has too often meant professionals and public officials making decisions and creating designs that then get presented in one or two evening meetings for comment; a frustrating effort that puts all participants in a defensive mode, and sidelines significant segments of the population. It’s time for a different approach.
The Innovative Use of Metal, Stone and Resin in the Contemporary Landscape (Mikyoung Kim, FASLA, Mikyoung Kim Design Group)
Mikyoung Kim will discuss recent projects which explore innovative use of landscape materials such as metal, resin and stone. Through case studies, Mikyoung will elaborate on specific techniques, approaches, and inspirations throughout the design process. This detailed journey from concept through fabrication and installation will highlight the many complex and creative pathways to contemporary landscape design. The following case studies will be highlighted: The Crown Sky Garden (Chicago), The Farrar Pond Project (Lincoln, MA) and The Prudential Plaza at 888 Boylston (Boston, MA).
A Contemporary Walk through Water Management History (Heather Heimark, ASLA)
This session will provide a historical look at water management in urban centers with contemporary examples from around the globe. The presentation will be organized in three primary categories, Flooded Agricultural Lands & Fertility; Water Tables & Urbanism; The Transformative Power of Potable Water. Whether we have a scarcity or an abundance of water, water issues are quite old, as old as human habitation. We will explore low-tech approaches to water management and review inspirational places that are the result of designs that address human and environmental needs through the creative use of on-site water.
Parklands from Parking Lots: The Landscapes of Fan Pier (Robyn Reed, ASLA and Sam Valentine, Associate ASLA, Richard Burck Associates)
Over the last decade, Boston has seen its Seaport District rapidly transition from acres of surface parking to a new city of modern high-rises. Two landscape architects from Richard Burck Associates will discuss their firm’s work with The Fallon Company, which is developing 10 parcels in this waterfront district. Focus will be placed on what private development can contribute to the public realm, the unique opportunities and obstacles of oceanfront sites, and the construction detailing that RBA is employing to execute their designs.
Natural Systems Discourse : Landscape Architects Taking the Lead (Panel Discussion led by David Gamble, AIA. Panelists: Matthew Urbanski, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Kirt Rieder, ASLA, Hargreaves Associates, and Chris Reed, FASLA, Stoss Landscape Urbanism)
Landscape practices are leading the discourse about natural systems and the integration of open space in the large scale transformation of urban environments. This session will discuss the means by which three recently completed projects overcame barriers to redevelopment and were implemented during a tumultuous economic cycle. Philadelphia’s Penn Park, Chattanooga’s 21st Century Waterfront and Green Bay’s CityDeck have all helped to catalyze redevelopment in their downtowns. This panel will explore the creative means by which these projects were implemented and how the changing nature of practice facilitated their completion. Join us for a discussion about the changing nature of design practice. The session will be moderated by David Gamble, AIA AICP, whose recently completed book – “Rebuilding the American City”, with co-author Patty Heyda from Washington University – highlights these cases and more as exemplars for urban regeneration.
Product Knowledge Experts – Learn from those who know – (All one hour)
Considering Material Relevance for Design of Outdoor Spaces (Landscape Forms)
Setting the Scene: The Guide to Landscape Lighting Techniques (Reflex Lighting)
Site Furnishings – Materials and Coatings (ANOVA)
The Future of Landscape Irrigation Design (Aqueous Consultants)
Design Excellence in Play ! (Landscape Structures)
Architectural Pavements and Design (UniLock)
The Theory Behind Site Amenities Design (id metalco)