A Celebration of Place

Oak Alley image: Alexandra Hay
Oak Alley
image: Alexandra Hay

Historic Preservation at the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in New Orleans

As historic preservation professionals, we are especially well versed in ‘a celebration of place,’ the theme of the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting. Our collective work as Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network (HP PPN) members is particularly relevant, and at its most inspiring, when we are advocating for, and planning and designing toward, a celebration of the individualistic qualities and character of each place in which we work. Please join colleagues and friends in New Orleans for discussions and dialogue on current issues and ideas related to historic places.

New Orleans is a particularly exciting place to celebrate, and explore. Be sure to join in on the many field sessions and events that reveal the city’s fabulously rich and diverse history. Education sessions offer insight into a range of relevant topics: cultural authenticity, maintenance and funding strategies, past successes that inform future needs, and more.

Special Events: Meet colleagues, connect with old friends, and make new acquaintances at these events. Let’s get the word out—historic landscapes and cultural resources are current and fundamental to landscape architecture and ASLA.

TCLF’s New Orleans Excursion: A Cultural Continuum from Antebellum to Modernist
Daylong Excursion: Friday, October 21, 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Reception at the Curtis House: Friday, October 21, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Tickets and waiting list available through TCLF

SITES® Workshop: Navigating the Submittal Process and Trouble-shooting Challenges with the Experts
Friday, October 21, 1:30 to 5:00 pm

Opening General Session: Shared Wisdom: Legacy, Practice and Partnership
Saturday, October 22, 8:00 to 9:00 am

Historic Preservation PPN Meeting
Saturday, October 23, 12:45 to 1:30 pm in the Jackson Square Meeting Room

EXPO Reception featuring the Professional Practice Networks
Sunday, October 23, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Women in Landscape Architecture Walk
Monday, October 24, 7:00 to 8:30 am

New Orleans' Jackson Square image: Alexandra Hay
New Orleans’ Jackson Square
image: Alexandra Hay

Field Sessions: Explore the history and culture of New Orleans intertwined with place in these amazing field sessions. Historic preservation figures prominently in many sessions offered this year, creating lots of opportunities to explore New Orleans with those engaged in their stewardship. Be sure to participate in a field session for inspiration, dialogue, and engagement!

FS-001: The New Orleans Landscape: Patronage, Philanthropy, Public Funding, Privatization, and Professionals*

FS-006: New Orleans City Park: Design with Nature, Design with Culture*

FS-007: River Road Plantations: Evolutions of Cultural Landscapes* (SOLD OUT)

FS-009: Strolling along the French Quarter Riverfront Parks, Jackson Square and Historic French Market (SOLD OUT)

Education Sessions: New Orleans offers the perfect setting to contemplate the value of place through cultural history, natural and built landscapes, and spiritual intrigue. A variety of education sessions offer glimpses into the broad thinking behind landscape architecture. Some are clearly historic preservation related, while others offer ideas for discussion and inquiry.

FRI-B01: Potomac Park Levee: Closing the Gap on the National Mall

FRI-D05: The National Park Service and Design Innovation: Beyond the First Century

SAT-A03: SITES®: Early Planning for Maintenance and Performance Furthers Sustainability Goals and Marketability

SAT-B09: Emerald Networks: Reviving the Legacy of City Parks*

SUN-A01: Mirabeau Water Garden

SUN-A09: Stories from Place: Drawing Inspiration from Nature and Culture*

SUN-A12: Then and Now: Lawrence Halprin’s Portland Open Space Sequence*

SUN-B07: Do Landscapes Dream? Voodoo, Alchemy, and Spirits of Place

SUN-B09: Landscapes of Violence in the Ancient and Near East*

MON-B02: Keeping America Beautiful: The Visual Environment at Risk

MON-B09: How Does a Cultural Landscape’s Authenticity Inform Design and Placemaking*

MON-C09: History as Resource for Contemporary Street Design*

*Listed under Historic Preservation/Restoration topic area

One of the Doullot Steamboat Houses, located near the levee in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Lower Ninth Ward image: Alexandra Hay
One of the Doullot Steamboat Houses, located near the levee in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Lower Ninth Ward
image: Alexandra Hay

Historic-related Places Worth a Visit: New Orleans is the place to be for history and culture. These are just a few don’t miss places:

Longue Vue House and Gardens

New Orleans Museum of Art, Mid-City, and Esplanade Ridge

City Park, New Orleans’ historic 1,300-acre urban sanctuary

City Park’s Botanical Garden

Oak Alley Plantation

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

The French Quarter (Vieux Carré)

Jackson Square

French Market

The Garden District

Historic Neighborhoods: Algiers, Treme, Lakeview, Uptown, Carlton, Gentilly, New Orleans East, the Ninth Ward

by Tina Bishop, ASLA, Historic Preservation PPN Chair

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