Join us for the 2018 Student & Emerging Professional SPOTLIGHT Mini-Series

Mark your calendars for two upcoming opportunities to earn professional development hours (PDH) with ASLA’s Student & Emerging Professional SPOTLIGHT mini-series. Each is a two-part presentation, providing access to forward-thinking topics and discussions.

Earlier this year, four emerging professionals were selected to work with Professional Practice Network (PPN) mentors in creating presentations for the SPOTLIGHT mini-series. This program provides valuable mentorship through design critique, effective communication guidance, and building relationships with industry professionals. We’re proud of the work these emerging professionals have put forth, making a name for themselves among their peers, and look forward to their continued volunteer work and leadership with ASLA.

Please join us for the upcoming SPOTLIGHT mini-series presentations Transforming Landscape Through Culture: Dance Principles & Archival Sources as Design Inspiration on August 21 and Adaptation Strategies: Infrastructure Flexibility for Resilient Communities and Autonomous Vehicles on August 28.

images: Jennifer Ren, Student ASLA (top left) and Rebekah Lawrence, Student ASLA (bottom right)
images: Jennifer Ren, Student ASLA (top left) and Rebekah Lawrence, Student ASLA (bottom right)

Transforming Landscape Through Culture: Dance Principles & Archival Sources as Design Inspiration

Tuesday, August 21 at 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
FREE for Student ASLA, $20 for Associate ASLA, $30 for ASLA members, $60 for non-members

Presenters:

  • Jennifer Ren, Student ASLA
  • Rebekah Lawrence, Student ASLA

PPN Mentors:

  • David Cutter, ASLA, Campus Planning & Design PPN Officer and Past Co-Chair
  • Kristina Snyder, ASLA, Women in Landscape Architecture PPN Officer and Past Co-Chair
  • Amy Wagenfeld, Affiliate ASLA, Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN Officer and Past Co-Chair

The Anacostia riverfront in Washington, D.C., suffers from a severe lack of experiential diversity. Part I of this presentation explores how dance can be successfully translated into the landscape and how choreographic dance principles are helpful tools for creating a diverse and engaging landscape composition. Many dance principles can apply to landscape design. By approaching park design as a choreographer of dance, a designer can focus on the human experiences –how materiality and the environment influence movement, senses, and emotions, creating a diverse and engaging landscape composition.

Part II of the presentation illustrates how to integrate GIS into the design process of documenting, preserving, and interpreting historic landscapes. What began as GIS mapping of the land transfer of George Washington’s five farms at Mount Vernon led to a healing garden concept for the historically African-American neighborhood of Gum Springs, founded by former slave, West Ford. This presentation will educate participants on mapping techniques and dataset analysis in ArcGIS in order to integrate ecological research with cultural landscapes, providing inspiration for design decisions and practical guidance in ecological restoration.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how choreographic dance principles can be translated into landscape design at the site scale
  • Gain a new approach to design and user experience by implementing choreographic dance principles to create contrast and stimulate movement, senses, and emotions.
  • Understand how to formulate the right questions for dataset construction and the design process feedback loop.
  • Utilize various methods for incorporating archival sources and ecological planting frameworks into GIS datasets.
images: Zixu Qiao, Associate ASLA (top left) and Yadan Luo, Associate ASLA (bottom right)

Adaptation Strategies: Infrastructure Flexibility for Resilient Communities and Autonomous Vehicles

Tuesday, August 28 at 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
FREE for Student ASLA, $20 for Associate ASLA, $30 for ASLA members, $60 for non-members

Presenters:

  • Zixu Qiao, Associate ASLA
  • Yadan Luo, Associate ASLA

PPN Mentors:

  • Hunter Beckham, FASLA, Sustainable Design & Development PPN Officer and Past Co-Chair
  • Eric Gilbey, ASLA, Digital Technology PPN Officer
  • Emily O’Mahoney, FASLA, Women in Landscape Architecture PPN Officer and Past Co-Chair

Sea level rise has had a significant impact on coastal ecosystems resulting in wetland loss, increased coastal erosion/inundation, and increases in the duration and frequency of flooding from storm surge. The first presentation introduces a collection of adaptive flood attenuation mechanisms (both structural and non-structural) for protecting newly designed communities from flood events and the eventual impacts of sea level rise.

The second presentation examines how the autonomous vehicle will redefine the streetscape in the coming future. For one possibility, street space could shift towards more pedestrian-oriented urban neighborhoods. Driverless cars may use space more efficiently and potentially relinquish some of this space, particularly street parking in downtown areas to public space. For another possibility, these saved spaces might simply be packed with more driverless cars based on increasing ride demands. The critical question becomes how to reassign the authority between the pedestrians and riders on the street.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight on implementable climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
  • Explore economic, ecological, cultural and social benefits from the practice of green infrastructure
  • Identify impacts that driverless car will brings to our city
  • Examine concepts and strategies for implementing infrastructure flexibility and how this will change urban corridor aesthetics and programming

**Sign in with your ASLA member ID and password to receive the member discount. Special discounts apply for the SPOTLIGHT mini-series!

Note: Live presentations are made available as recorded presentations within five to seven business days after the presentation.

About ASLA Online Learning

ASLA Online Learning presentations provide information on new and evolving practices and techniques. These distance learning opportunities are also a convenient and affordable way to earn professional development hours (PDH) needed to meet state licensure requirements. PDH are approved by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) and can be earned after viewing a presentation by completing and passing a self-study exam. Be sure to check state mandatory continuing education requirements to ensure that LA CES courses are compatible with your state requirements.

ASLA members, Associate ASLA members, and Student ASLA members are discounted at least 75% below non-member prices.

Over 100 recorded presentations are available for on-demand viewing, including:

Browsing among these presentations is now easier than ever, with 22 topic areas to choose from, including: Accessibility/ADA, Ecology and Restoration, International Practice, Project Management, Resilient Design, Transportation/Complete streets, and more.

The ASLA Online Learning series also provides the opportunity to tune in live to ask experts questions, while earning PDH.

Questions? Please email us at propractice@asla.org.

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