2020 in Review: Professional Practice Networks Highlights

Even during this wild rollercoaster ride of a year, ASLA’s Professional Practice Network (PPN) leaders and members continued to share their experiences and expertise as authors for The Field blog and as presenters for ASLA’s Online Learning webinars.

We would like to thank all of you who contributed to this shared body of knowledge in 2020. We hope that you have found new ways to stay connected, learned to adapt to rapid changes in practice, and felt inspired by your peers in landscape architecture.

Check out the PPNs’ 2020 in Review to see what the PPNs have accomplished this year. Below, we highlight the top 10 Field posts of the year, PPN-hosted Online Learning presentations, and the PPN leaders who took part in reVISION ASLA 2020.

Year in Review: The Field

The Field was established to give members in the field of landscape architecture a place to exchange information, learn about recent work and research, and share thoughts about emerging developments. Contributions are by members, for members, and we encourage all ASLA members with an idea or an experience to share to contribute to The Field.

Fresh content appears twice a week; and 103 posts were published in 2020.

Top 5 Field posts

Here are The Field’s top 10 most-read posts published this year, including two posts by Student ASLA members and two posts each from the Children’s Outdoor Environments, Environmental Justice, and Healthcare & Therapeutic Design PPNs:

1. Performance-Based Plant Selection for Bioretention
by Jeremy Person, PLA, ASLA, Brian Wethington, Donna Evans, and Irene Ogata, ASLA
Ecology & Restoration PPN

2. Urban Villages, Town Design, New Urbanism: Where Does Landscape Architecture Stand?
by Thomas Schurch, ASLA, PLA
Urban Design PPN

3. Naturescape: A Vision for Open Space at the University of California, Irvine
by Dawn Dyer, RLA, ASLA, Kaleen Juarez, and Mia Lehrer, FASLA
Campus Planning & Design PPN

4. A Brief History of Playground Design
by Naomi Heller
Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN

5. What Does the Doctrine of Discovery Have to Do With Environmental Justice?
by Zoé Edgecomb, ASLA
Environmental Justice PPN

6. Green Schoolyards: An Interview with Sharon Danks
by Lauren Iversen, Student ASLA
Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN

7. Nurture the Palette for Your Own Murals
by Chih-Wei G.V. Chang, ASLA
International Practice PPN

8. Therapeutic Garden Design in Chile
by Kat Shiffler, Student ASLA
Healthcare & Therapeutic Design PPN

9. Healing from Harvest: Community Gardens as Healing Gardens
by Siyi He, Associate ASLA
Healthcare & Therapeutic Design PPN

10. Landscape Architecture Tackles Homelessness and Shelter in the Pandemic
by Yekang Ko, PhD, and Cory Parker, PhD, PLA
Environmental Justice PPN

Year in Review: Online Learning

ASLA offers live and on-demand Online Learning webinars, many of which are hosted by the PPNs on a topic of special relevance to their members. Here are the 5 PPN-hosted webinars by registration numbers that you can now watch the recordings of:

1. Adapting College and University Campus Outdoor Spaces in Response to COVID-19
Hosted by the Campus Planning & Design PPN
Presented by Cathy Deino Blake, FASLA, SAPM, LEED AP, Kevin Petersen, AIA, LEED AP, Byron Sampson, and Stanley Szwalek, ASLA, PLA

2. A Conversation with Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA
Hosted by the Healthcare & Therapeutic Design PPN

3. Higher Education Reflections and Planning for Fall 2020
Hosted by the Education & Practice PPN
Presented by Bill Estes, ASLA, Robert Hewitt, FASLA, Patsy Eubanks Owens, ASLA, Ming-Han Li, FASLA, Mark Hoversten, FASLA, Gabriel Díaz Montemayor, ASLA

4. Finishing Construction Safely with COVID-19: Control, Resilience, and Recovery Planning
Hosted by the Transportation PPN
Presented by Sean Batty, ASLA, RLA

5. Transformative Ecological Restoration: Farms to Wetlands
Hosted by the Ecology & Restoration PPN
Presented by Anthony Fettes, ASLA, PLA, SITES AP, and Nick Nelson, CERP

In addition to the webinars listed above with recordings available, a number of other PPNs also hosted virtual events this year, including the Children’s Outdoor Environments, Environmental Justice, Parks & Recreation, and Women in Landscape Architecture PPNs.

ASLA’s Professional Practice, Public Practice Advisory, and Climate Action Committees also hosted several webinars this year:

Out of Office: Tools, Team, and Togetherness for Working from Home
Hosted by the Professional Practice Committee

QuickBooks for Project Management: A Deeper Dive
Hosted by the Professional Practice Committee

COVID-19 and Contract Performance
Hosted by the Professional Practice Committee

ASLA Construction Contract Administration and Experiences in the Time of COVID-19
Hosted by the Professional Practice Committee

Navigating Community Engagement During COVID-19: Perspective, Practice, Prospect
1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) / 1.0 AICP and FREE for ASLA members
Hosted by the Professional Practice and Public Practice Advisory Committees

ASLA Climate Action with President Wendy Miller, FASLA

Climate Positive Design’s Pathfinder 2.0
Hosted by the Climate Action Committee

Southeast Coast Regional Climate Action Event
Hosted by the Climate Action Committee

The PPNs at reVISION ASLA 2020

This November’s virtual conference, reVISION ASLA 2020, was like no other. We would like to thank all the PPN leaders who took part as discussion leaders for reVISION’s virtual networking sessions:

PPN leaders who participated in reVISION ASLA 2020

ASLA’s annual Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Meeting also went virtual this year!

Best wishes from the Professional Practice team for a safe, warm, and joyous celebration of the holidays. We look forward to continuing our work together in the new year—here’s to a successful and productive 2021!

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