Campus Planning & Design: Annual Meeting Highlights

Arcs in Disorder by Bernar Venet on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans image: Laura Tenny
Arcs in Disorder by Bernar Venet on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans
image: Laura Tenny

The 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans feels like ages ago—and the Call for Presentations for 2017 is already well underway—but for those of us who have been hit with winter snow storms (pretty much every state except Florida), reminiscing about the warm southern hospitality of the Big Easy may be welcome.

This year, the Campus Planning & Design Professional Practice Network (PPN) partnered with the Education & Practice PPN for a joint meeting featuring several PechaKucha-style presentations and discussion on the topic of How has technology changed the nature of the university campus? In addition to some thought-provoking presentations, I found this PPN Live session on the EXPO floor’s City Park Stage to be an improvement over the settings of previous years. We will be posting several of these presentations on our PPN webpage, and will share more detailed presentation summaries here on The Field in the coming months.

PPN members enjoy a tour of the Tulane University Uptown campus image: Laura Tenny
PPN members enjoy a tour of the Tulane University Uptown campus
image: Laura Tenny

Thank you to Carla Tiberi, ASLA, of Georgetown University for helping to coordinate an informal tour of Tulane University in New Orleans. We traveled there by streetcar and were greeted by Amber Beezley and Christina Carlisle, ASLA, from the University Planning Office, who led us on a walking tour through the Uptown campus. Highlights included the spectacular collection of Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) and learning about the campus’s stewardship and replanting program. We also saw the inspiring results of Tulane’s transformation of a service drive into a pedestrian corridor, looked at planting bed stormwater capture around a new stadium, and visited other site improvement projects.

Live oak and campus art program image: Laura Tenny
Live oak and campus art program
image: Laura Tenny

ASLA and SCUP opportunities for recognition of your campus and work

The Call for Presentations for the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, scheduled for October 20 – 23 in Los Angeles, is currently open. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017. In addition, the Calls for Nominations for ASLA Fellows and Honors are also both open until January 20 (Cathy Blake, University Landscape Architect for Stanford University, was elevated to the Council of Fellows in 2016. Congratulations, Cathy!).

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Excellence in Landscape Architecture awards is soliciting submittals in two categories: General Design (for built projects) and Open Space Planning and Design (which don’t have to be implemented or built). Submittals are due February 17, 2017. This is yet another good way for landscape architects in the campus realm to get recognition for their work.

by David Cutter, ASLA, and Laura Tenny, ASLA, Co-Chairs of the Campus Planning & Design PPN

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