The ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo will be here before we know it in Phoenix, Arizona from September 29 – October 1.
Here is a list of Historic Landscape Preservation related meetings, field sessions, and education sessions.
Saturday, September 29
Our annual Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network (HP-PPN) meeting is in PPN Room 2 – 11:00-12:30 & Our annual Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Subcommittee/Liaison meeting is in Room 229B in the Convention Center – 5:00-7:00 At the end of this meeting, the winning entries for the 2012 HALS
Challenge: Documenting the American Latino Landscape will be officially announced, and certificates will be presented.
Friday, September 28
FS012 Following the Water: history, Art, and Development Along the Ancient Hohokam Canals – 8:00-3:30
Friday, September 28
FRI-D2 (Re)Mediating Nature & Culture: The Post-Industrial Urban Park as Learning Lab – 3:30-5:00 & Monday, October 1
Michael O’Brien suggests taking time to visit some of Phoenix’s two dozen districts, where you can trace the development of residential Phoenix. For maps and more information go to Phoenix Historic Property Register.
Jonathan Ceci, the new HP-PPN Chair, recommends visiting the following sites in Phoenix.
Arcosanti – A 40 year old project to build the city of the future
Taliesin West , Scottsdale, AZ–Frank Lloyd Wright’s school of architecture
Features extant remains of the ancient Hohokam Canal System, Phoenix
John Douglas suggests heading to the Papago Park (historically Saguaro National Monument), which includes the Desert Botanical Garden, Pueblo Grande, and the Phoenix Zoo. The Zoo is of interest because it is built upon the remnants of the WPA Fish Hatchery lagoons.
Salt River, downstream from Tempe Town Lake, is the Audubon Center and its associated riparian restoration along the dry riverbed.
Mormon Temple grounds in Mesa – historic formal gardens.
Save the David and Gladys Wright House (1950-52) in Phoenix. The challenge to preserve an unusual design by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, David.
Hugh Miller, FAIA, brought this preservation challenge to my attention. The subdivision is an interesting development in the sprawl of Phoenix. There is an active preservation community in Phoenix who would welcome the interface with landscape architects.
We hope to see you in Phoenix!
Chris Stevens and Jonathan Ceci, Chairs of Historic Preservation PPN
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