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Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS)

LATIS papers provide practicing landscape architects with technical information about new and evolving practices and products. These peer-reviewed papers are a key vehicle for members to share their expertise. LATIS is a product of the ASLA Fund, and all LATIS papers are available for free to ASLA members.

LATIS is also a convenient and affordable way to earn the professional development hours (PDH) needed to meet state licensure requirements. Each LATIS paper enables you to earn PDH by completing and passing a self-study exam. LATIS reports follow the guidelines of the LA CES program (Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System). 

ASLA members may read the report for free and pre-pay a $40 processing fee for scoring the exam.
Non-members may purchase a LATIS report for $50 and pre-pay a $60 processing fee for scoring the exam.

LATIS Reports
M - Free or discounted for Members
$ - Available to Non-Members for a fee
 

LATIS-BIM-2015

Integrating BIM Technology into Landscape Architecture, 2nd Edition (2014) M, $

James L. Sipes, ASLA, provides a detailed discussion about Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, various tools that allow for the creation of detailed 3D models, and how these tools can be applied to landscape architecture. These tools can simplify the process of designing complex spaces and allow design, planning, and construction disciplines to work seamlessly throughout a project. The publication also includes a comprehensive discussion of BIM standards, applications, and current available programs. Highlighted are several projects to which BIM has been applied, along with numerous illustrations of its use.

3.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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LATIS-SOILS-2015

Planting Soils for Landscape Architectural Projects (2013) M, $

This technical manual, written by Barrett L. Kays, FASLA, provides instructional content and practical examples of how to apply modern soil science techniques to improve soils for landscape plants and the environment. The manual presents important soil concepts and how to apply them to the design of soils for both small and large landscape architectural projects. The publication is intended as a resource for independent study and to improve landscape architects’ understanding of soils and how to effectively manage soils on their projects.

3.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)
 
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LATIS-WAYFINDING-2015

Wayfinding: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition (2013) M, $

David Raphael, ASLA, provides landscape architects with concepts and tools for planning, designing, and implementing wayfinding and public information systems. Topics include the origins of wayfinding, its components, human factors, the design process, recent innovations, and a sampling of wayfinding systems. Attention is given to the skills that landscape architects bring to the process of designing these systems. Throughout the publication, numerous photographs and other images illustrate and reinforce the concepts presented.

2.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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LATIS-THERAPEUTIC-2015

LATIS Forum on Therapeutic Garden Design, 2nd Edition (2011) M, $

The LATIS Forum on Therapeutic Landscapes discusses the practice of creating landscapes to support human health and well-being. Authors explore how this practice area, rooted deeply in tradition, is evolving to meet modern needs arising from various life circumstances. Successful designs and the process to create them vary according to the special needs of user groups. Readers will learn how therapeutic landscapes provide benefits to all humans, both in clinical and institutional settings and in the matrix of everyday life.

3.5 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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LATIS-GIS-2015

Geographic Information Systems: Using the Tools for Informed Growth, 2nd Edition (2010) M, $

Karen Hanna, FASLA, reveals ways to identify appropriate existing datasets and use them as a baseline for recording current and prospective site conditions and uses. GIS techniques promote application of sophisticated scientific models to the landscape, and combine effectively with other digital technologies such as graphs and photo simulations. The results of GIS models are eminently useful for site planning, growth planning, and implementation phasing.

1.5 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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LATIS-RECLAMATION-2015

Reclamation Planning of Pits and Quarries, 2nd Edition (2010) M, $  

Anthony Bauer, FASLA, and Robert E. Ford, ASLA, discuss the mining and reclamation practices of the construction aggregate industry. As urban land users, mining companies face challenging issues in land use, environmental concerns, regulation, and community relations. These issues represent opportunities for the responsible involvement of landscape architects in reclamation planning processes and end use development. Reclamation planning elements and procedures are illustrated.

3.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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LATIS-ECO-2015

Successful Ecological Restoration (2008) M, $

Authors Lee R. Skabelund, ASLA; G.M. Kondolf; Craig W. Johnson; and Allegra Bukojemsky, ASLA, present  principles of ecological restoration with a focus on how landscape architects can incorporate these principles into their projects, and how they can work with scientists to meet ecological restoration project goals. The importance of collaboration between designers, planners, scientists, and stakeholders in such projects is emphasized. An extensive resource list provides project examples from different ecosystems and regions of the U.S.

3.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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LATIS-GREENROOF-2015

Green Roof Infrastructure (2007) M, $

Steven Peck, Honorary ASLA, of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, discusses the history, benefits, design, construction, and maintenance of green roofs. The publication also provides a series of project profiles, illustrating award-winning green roofs across North America. An expanded project profile also gives insight to the development of ASLA’s green roof.

3.0 PDHs (LA CES/HSW)

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