2021 in Review: Professional Practice Networks Highlights

2021, in short: 20 webinars. 100 blog posts. Reconnecting in Nashville.

As the year draws to a close, we would like to thank all the Professional Practice Network (PPN) leaders and members who shared their experiences and expertise as authors for The Field blog, as hosts, presenters, and engaged audience members for Online Learning webinars, and at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture last month.

Below, we highlight the top five Field posts and webinars; for the full top ten of each, plus PPN highlights from the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, please see the PPNs’ 2021 in Review.

And, in case you missed the conference this year, the first batch of education session recordings from Nashville are available on the ASLA Online Learning website; additional recordings will be added early in the new year.

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 and 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 100 posts were published in 2021.

Here are The Field’s five most-read posts published this year:

1. The 2021 HALS Challenge: Historic Black Landscapes
by Chris Stevens, ASLA
Historic Preservation PPN

2. Resilient Plant Design: Changing Old Habits for a New “Plant Communities” Approach
by Ryan Ives, RLA, and Michael Ledbetter, RLA, ASLA
Sustainable Design & Development PPN

3. Drawing the Green New Deal and Humanizing the Design Process
by Dr. Carl A. Smith, FRSA, FRGS, CMLI, Int. ASLA
Sustainable Design & Development PPN

4. Landscape Advocacy for Duluth’s Urban Waterfront
by Jordan van der Hagen, Assoc. ASLA
Urban Design PPN

5. Olympic Sustainable Landscapes: The Case of Beijing
by Alex Camprubi, Int. ASLA
Sustainable Design & Development PPN

Explore the full 2021 top 10 from The Field >

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 top five PPN-hosted webinars by registration numbers:

1. Acknowledging Historic Black Landscapes
Hosted by the Historic Preservation PPN’s Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Subcommittee
Presented by Elizabeth J. Kennedy, FASLA, NYCOBA-NOMA, Andrea Roberts, Ph.D., Joseph Disponzio, Ph.D., and Christopher Stevens, ASLA

2. A Higher Level of Inclusive Play
Hosted by the Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN
Presented by Jill Moore, CPSI

3. Drones 101-1000
Hosted by the Digital Technology PPN
Presented by Michael Fox, ASLA, Aubrey Pontious, Assoc. ASLA, Andrew P. Sargeant, ASLA, and John Russell Thomman, ASLA

4. Partners in HALS Documentation: HALS and the National Register
Hosted by the Historic Preservation PPN’s Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Subcommittee
Presented by Barbara Wyatt, FASLA, Christopher Stevens, ASLA, Peggy Veregin, and Laura Grotjan

5. Dark Sky Lighting – BUG Rating for LEED and SITES Credits
Hosted by the Sustainable Design & Development PPN
Presented by Vellachi Ganesan

Explore the full 2021 top 10 PPN-hosted webinars >

We would like to thank all of you who contributed to ASLA’s shared body of knowledge in 2021. We hope that you have forged new connections, gained new insights, and felt inspired by your peers in landscape architecture.

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 2022!

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