National Landscape Architecture Month: Healthy Living Through Design 2013
Landscape architects will join across the country during the
month of April to educate the public as to how their profession promotes Healthy Living Through Design. They’ll hold public events showcasing
just what can be done through hands-on work with the public, speaking engagements, and design charrettes. See what has already been planned on the 2013 Activities page.
With the theme of Healthy Living Through Design, National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM) 2013 will spur a
country-wide discussion about the profession’s role in the most important
issues facing our country, such as reducing childhood obesity, cleaning the
air, greening the streets, and urging people to get out and take advantage of
the great parks and landscapes available to them. Many of the projects taken on
by landscape architects, including those featured on the ASLA Year of Public Service blog, address one of these four issues.
Working with landscape architects, communities can promote health and
well-being by encouraging the development of environments that offer rich
social, economic, and environmental benefits. Healthy, livable communities
improve the welfare and well-being of people by expanding the range of
affordable transportation, employment, and housing choices through "Live,
Work, Play" developments; incorporating physical activity into components
of daily life; preserving and enhancing valuable natural resources; providing
access to affordable, nutritious, and locally produced foods distributed for
less cost; and creating a unique sense of community and place.
To find out how you can celebrate the upcoming NLAM, contact
your local chapter. Want to
start your own event but don’t know where to start? Email Phil Stamper.