With the action-packed ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans this October now behind us, we can take a look at all the events and gatherings that took place throughout the meeting weekend through the new PPN Live format. Meeting attendees had numerous opportunities to network with colleagues from all 20 of ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) by:
participating in the PPN meetings that took place in PPN Live,
attending a PPN-themed exhibitor tour of the EXPO floor,
and networking with PPN peers at the EXPO Reception featuring the PPNs.
Meetings in PPN Live
PPN meetings took place throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, and were open to all attendees, giving them the chance to meet fellow PPN members and explore different practice areas (all ASLA members receive one PPN membership for free, and additional PPNs for $15).
The EXPO’s new PPN Live space offered meeting rooms, the PPN Lounge area for networking, and a larger presentation space called City Park Stage, which hosted our largest PPN meeting to date: the joint meeting of the Campus Planning & Design and Education & Practice PPNs, which featured a series of short presentations on the theme How has technology changed the nature of the university campus?
During the PPN meetings that took place, new PPN leadership volunteers were identified for the Children’s Outdoor Environments, Design-Build, Ecology & Restoration, Environmental Justice, Historic Preservation, International Practice, Parks & Recreation, Planting Design, Transportation, Urban Design, and Women in Landscape Architecture PPNs. Interested in learning more about getting actively involved in a PPN? Check out the leadership positions to consider and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if anything strikes you, or if you have any questions about the PPNs. We look forward to continuing to grow the PPN leadership teams, building on the momentum of the PPN meetings in New Orleans!
PPN EXPO Tours: Network and Learn at ASLA EXPO
ASLA also offered attendees the opportunity to network with PPN peers and product exhibitors in a PPN show floor tour designed to highlight PPN topic areas. The PPN EXPO Tours gave attendees a chance to learn about new and improved products and how these improvements and services can assist in creating a successful design project. Each one-hour tour included up to four presentations by various exhibitors. For this first year of PPN EXPO Tours, 24 exhibitors gave short presentations on the 7 tours that took place. Each offered 1.0 PDH (LA CES / non-HSW) to the more than 130 attendees who participated.
EXPO Reception featuring the Professional Practice Networks
PPN Live also brought the PPN Reception right to the show floor on Sunday, October 23. Fellow PPN members had the chance to meet, mingle, and make connections with friends and colleagues and discuss how they are contributing to the landscape architecture profession.
Women in Landscape Architecture (WILA) Walk
Dana Brown, ASLA, and Gaylan Williams, ASLA, of Dana Brown & Associates, Inc. led this year’s WILA Walk along the Mississippi River to visit and discuss existing and proposed riverfront projects designed to bring the City of New Orleans back to the River. Starting from the Convention Center, WILA Walk attendees headed to the Riverwalk, through Spanish Plaza and the future Four Seasons Hotel, through the Audubon Aquarium’s riverfront plaza, to Woldenberg Park, and on to the cruise ship dock and the Moonwalk in front of the French Quarter. During the walk, Dana and Gaylan presented on the new Riverfront Master Plan, whose purpose is to make the paths taken on the WILA Walk more seamless, integrated, and compelling.
Next year, PPN Live heads to the West Coast: stay tuned for plans for next year’s ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles, October 20-23, 2017!