Washington, D.C., April, 26, 2012 – Landscape architects will join others from Honolulu to Philadelphia and gather today on local street corners, in parks, and on trails in celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM). An often-misunderstood profession, landscape architects will demonstrate how they design the environment by preserving nature, creating active ecosystems, enhancing biodiversity, contributing to cleaner air and, in particular, encouraging healthier lifestyles.
“Landscape architects create spaces that promote physical activity, including parks, recreational facilities, bicycle paths, walking trails, and transportation corridors that offer alternatives to a reliance on cars,” said Susan Hatchell, president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
National events include landscape architects sketching new designs to better their neighborhoods or leading bike- or walking-tours that showcase examples of landscape architecture’s contributions to local communities.
The 26th marks Frederick Law Olmsted’s birthday, who is considered the father of American landscape architecture. Olmsted designed such iconic spaces as Central Park, and his son helped found ASLA in 1899.
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“The national map of events is truly impressive, and we know many more events have yet to be reported,” said Hatchell. “This day of action is indicative of our membership’s commitment to educating the public on how design tackles issues from obesity and heart design to climate change.” A new ASLA brochure, “Designing for Your Health and Well-Being,” describes the ways that landscape design can promote healthy living.
Since Olmsted’s time, the field of landscape architecture has led environmental solutions and prompted new, healthy approaches to civic planning with such design innovations as green roofs, partnership in sustainability certification, and green infrastructure solutions.
Learn more about landscape architecture by visiting www.asla.org/design.