Special Events at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The 2016 Women in Landscape Architecture Walk in New Orleans, part of the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO. This year’s WILA Walk in Los Angeles will take place on Monday, October 23 – don’t miss it! / image: Event Photography of North America Corporation (EPNAC)

In addition to a full slate of Professional Practice Network (PPN) Meetings and PPN EXPO Tours set to take place during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles, here are two special events to add to your annual meeting plans: the EXPO Reception featuring the PPNs on Sunday, October 22, and the Women in Landscape Architecture (WILA) Walk on Monday, October 23.

EXPO Reception featuring the PPNs
Sunday, October 22, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Free for all meeting registrants. Meeting badge required. Non-registrants may purchase an EXPO-only pass at onsite at registration or on the ASLA mobile app ($85, professionals; $20, students, with valid student ID).

Networking doesn’t just happen online! Join fellow PPN members in person to make connections with friends and colleagues and discuss how they are contributing to the landscape architecture profession.

Two PPN EXPO Tours are also scheduled for 4:30 – 5:30 pm during the reception—Parks & Recreation and Planting Design. These are show floor tours designed to highlight PPN topic areas, offering attendees the opportunity to learn about new and improved techniques and how these improvements and services can assist in creating a successful design project. Tours will provide one professional development hour (PDH) for attendees. Tour sign-up and departure take place at PPN Live on the EXPO floor, and tours will be available to the first 30 participants to sign up. See our previous Field post for more information on all 9 PPN EXPO Tours scheduled to take place October 21-22.

Each PPN has a spot on the EXPO floor to meet during the EXPO Reception featuring the PPNs. / image: Event Photography of North America Corporation (EPNAC)

And, the SCANTrivia™ Prize Drawing will also take place 5:30 – 6:00 pm on Sunday. Must be present to win! SCANTrivia™ is an interactive game you can play during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO with your smartphone. Once you are registered, simply look for the special QR codes on the SCANTrivia™ Wall located at ASLA Registration in the South Lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center and at participating exhibitor booths in the ASLA EXPO. Scan the codes with your device and unlock trivia questions—each correct answer scores points that increase your chances to win!

The 2016 WILA Walk in New Orleans / image: Event Photography of North America Corporation (EPNAC)

Women in Landscape Architecture Walk
Monday, October 23, 6:30 / 7:00 – 8:30 am
Meet at Convention Center (Host Chapter Booth) at 6:30 am or at Biddy Mason Memorial Park (324 Broadway) at 7:00 am

The ASLA Southern California Chapter will lead the Women in Landscape Architecture Walk on Monday morning, 7:00 – 8:30 AM. This is a FREE walking tour led by local landscape architects from the host chapter through gardens, parks and plazas designed by contemporary and legendary landscape architects.

For those starting from the Convention Center at 6:30 am, we’ll be walking over the nearest DASH bus stop at Olive & Pico to take the Route D bus to 4th & Main. Please note that the fare is 50 cents a ride; 25 cents for seniors and the disabled. Access cardholders travel free. Route D arrives at designated stops every 5 minutes on Mondays. After arriving at 4th & Main, walk 1 block west on 4th Street to Spring Street. Walk north to the Broadway Spring Center parking structure, and walk through the passageway to Biddy Mason Park.

Walking route from 4th & Main DASH bus stop to Biddy Mason Park / image: ASLA Southern California Chapter

Attendees may also take an Uber or you can walk from your hotel to Biddy Mason Memorial Park (324 Broadway). At 7:00 am we’ll begin at Biddy Mason Memorial Park.

We’ll take 5 minutes to gather forces before heading north up Broadway. We will pass by the Bradbury Building, Million Dollar Theater, and U.S. Courthouse Gardens, then enter Grand Park from the west side of Broadway. We’ll walk west through Grand Park, stopping at the Splash Pad for a 10 minute break, then walk south on Grand Avenue to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Walking west on 1st Street, we’ll climb a set of stairs to enter the Disney Hall Gardens. It will take us about 10 minutes to arrive at the far end of the Gardens which will lead us back down another set of stairs to Grand Avenue and the neighboring Broad Museum. We’ll continue down Grand Avenue to the Wells Fargo Center, cutting through the Center Court, crossing Hope Street, then walking down (or escalating down) Lawrence Halprin’s Bunker Hill Steps. Crossing Fifth Street we’ll approach the Los Angeles Central Library where people can make another restroom break and see Halprin’s Maguire Gardens. We’ll exit the Gardens onto Hope Street, and walk west past The Standard Hotel. We will conclude our walk with a 20 minute stroll down Figueroa Street, home to some of LA’s newest and tallest skyscrapers, arriving at the Convention Center at 8:30 am.

The 2017 WILA Walk route through Downtown Los Angeles / image: ASLA Southern California Chapter

See the WILA Walk Brochure for more information and a map of the walk route. The WILA Walk map is also accessible through the Annual Meeting mobile app.

Keep an eye on The Field as we continue to highlight ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO events through next week and the start of the meeting on October 20. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!

The 2016 WILA Walk, making a stop in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Plaza in New Orleans. / image: Event Photography of North America Corporation (EPNAC)

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