Discover the Twin Cities, and Beyond, at ASLA 2023

Coen+Partners’ Heart of the City project in Rochester, MN—recipient of the 2023 ASLA Professional Award of Excellence for Urban Design—is part of the field session Art, Community, Healing: Innovative Public Spaces for a Destination Medical Center. / image: Jasper Lazor Photography

Next month, thousands of landscape architects and allied professionals will converge on Minneapolis for the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, ready to learn from their peers, forge new connections, and explore the city—and one way to do all three simultaneously is through the conference’s field sessions. Six are already sold out, but there’s still a few openings on the 12 other field sessions. Get your tickets now to secure your spot!

Field sessions run on Friday, October 27, and Monday, October 30, with a variety of departure times and session lengths. Can’t commit to a full-day excursion? Not to worry—we’ve added more half-day field sessions if your availability is limited.

Looking to deep dive on a certain practice area, while being out and about in the Minneapolis area? Some field sessions are ideally situated to appeal to members of ASLA’s various Professional Practice Networks (PPNs). Campus Planning & Design PPN members should consider The Modernist Campus of St. John’s University and Monastery and Layering Mobility, Resilience, Community, and Cultural Resources at the University of Minnesota. Healthcare & Therapeutic Design PPN members, Art, Community, Healing: Innovative Public Spaces for a Destination Medical Center would be a great pick for you.

See the full field session lineup on the conference website, and consider grabbing a ticket to explore:

Twinning: A Photography Flex with Two Sites, Two Firms, And Two Photographers
Friday, October 27, 2023
8:30am – 5:00pm CT

Designers and photography enthusiasts work with professionals to enhance their landscape architecture photography. We will tour Historic Fort Snelling and Peavey Plaza, ending with a photo critique. Optional dawn shoot before the session begins. Photo assignments assist attendees in achieving professional photographic results. Images will be displayed at the EXPO.

Art, Community, Healing: Innovative Public Spaces for a Destination Medical Center
Friday, October 27, 2023
7:30am – 3:30pm CT

Home to the world-class Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN is a small midwestern city competing with prestigious medical destinations around the globe. This session features two innovative projects—both part of the $5 billion, 20-year-long Destination Medical Center initiative—that rethink the urban street section focusing on accessibility and art as infrastructure.

Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis was the recipient of the 2013 ASLA Professional Award of Excellence for General Design. / image: Paul Crosby Photography

Liminal Landscapes: Celebrating Life, Death and the Everyday at Historic Lakewood Cemetery
Monday, October 30, 2023
8:15am – 12:30pm CT

Throughout its 150-year history, Lakewood Cemetery has evolved its landscape and organization to serve the changing needs of the community. This session will cover projects and stories that showcase Lakewood’s landscape, while also discussing practices that challenge cemeteries’ traditional public role.

Old Cedar Avenue Trailhead / image: SRF Consulting Group

Mississippi River and Minnesota River Greenways and Trailheads from Floodplain to Blufftop
Monday, October 30, 2023
8:30am – 1:00pm CT

South of the Twin Cities, the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers join in a broad valley. There are numerous cultural sites, protected natural areas, and trails. This session will visit three trailheads to experience and learn about the unique natural resources and ecologies, history, and recreational opportunities.

See you in Minneapolis!

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