The ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture concluded this past Monday, and now it’s time to review the array of Professional Practice Network (PPN) events that took place in San Diego last weekend. The EXPO’s PPN Live space offered meeting rooms and a central stage; four PPN sessions that took place on the PPN Live stage offered 1.0 PDH (LA CES / HSW) each and covered topics from planning resilient university campuses to the current state of knowledge of environmental justice in landscape architecture practice.
During the PPN meetings, while members were gathered to network and learn, new leadership volunteers were identified for many PPNs, along with members interested in submitting posts for The Field or presenting ASLA Online Learning webinars. All ASLA members are welcome to join their PPN’s leadership team, the core group of member volunteers that guide PPN activities throughout the year. If you would like to learn more about getting involved, check out the ways to engage with the PPNs and sign up to join your PPN leadership team.
Below, we take a look back at PPN Live in San Diego. More photos from all conference events may be found across social media—just search for the hashtag #ASLA2019 on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Explore the Floor
In addition to the PPN meetings and education sessions, ASLA offered attendees the opportunity to network with PPN peers and exhibitors in a show floor tour designed to highlight PPN practice areas. For the 2019 Explore the Floor sessions, 27 exhibitors gave short educational presentations during 10 hour-long walks on the EXPO floor. Attendees who participated earned 1.0 PDH (LA CES / HSW) for each event.
Women in Landscape Architecture (WILA) Walk
The Women in Landscape Architecture Walk, organized and led by Kathleen Brand, ASLA, Senior Planner / Landscape Architect at Civic San Diego, and the San Diego Host Chapter, drew well over 100 attendees for a walk exploring the nooks and crannies of Downtown San Diego’s open spaces. The outing started off down Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade, a linear park along West Harbor Drive. Stops included Children’s Park in the Marina District, the “Art for Play”-focused Children’s Museum Park, Pantoja Park, the public plazas and gardens surrounding the U.S. Federal Courthouse, the historic Horton Plaza Park, and ended with the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s garden.
Check out the WILA Walk storymap, created by walk organizer Kathleen Brand, ASLA, for more information on the San Diego walk route and stops.
Next year, PPN Live heads to the East Coast: join us at the 2020 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, October 2-5 in Miami! For now, keep an eye on The Field for more post-conference recaps and photos, and stay tuned for the opening of the Call for Presentations for the 2020 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in December.