The theme for the 2012 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO is Beyond Boundaries—Design, Leadership & Community.
More than 5,000 landscape architecture professionals from across the
country and around the world will gather in Phoenix, September 28 –
October 1, to enjoy the fellowship of others from the profession and to
reconnect with the fundamental elements of design. Key issues such as
practice management, sustainability and stormwater management will be
addressed by some of the country’s foremost experts in the field.
Leading the water management programming will be a special general session, “The New Age of Water: Reimagining How We Use Water and How We Think About It.” Award-winning investigative journalist Charles Fishman will
deliver a fascinating and urgent primer on the history and future of
water. From a factory in Vermont with water so clean it is considered
poisonous to villages in India that have no water service at all,
Fishman will uncover how the world of water is changing and what the
enormous implications are for every person, no matter where they live. Sept. 29, 8 - 9 a.m.
Here is a sample of water management programs open for coverage with an authorized press pass:
Friday, Sept. 28
“Vertical-Flow Constructed Wetlands for Water Quality Improvement”
– Dramatic improvements in stormwater and wastewater quality are
possible in a small area using vertical-flow constructed wetland designs
developed over the last 20 years. This presentation reviews research,
construction specifications and details, planting design and case
studies to illustrate municipal green infrastructure possibilities. 8:30 - 10 a.m.
“Landscape as Sponge: Re-Engineering a Historic Campus to Absorb the Rain” -
Princeton University has a 10-year plan to expand the campus, reinforce
landscape character and manage stormwater and the regional ecology.
Based on a series of their earlier landscape-based stormwater
collaborations, the session’s presenters will show how they are
addressing the university’s ambitious initiatives. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“Irrigation Design: Calculated for Rainwater Harvesting”
– Cities are challenged to provide potable water to growing
populations. Urban landscapes are being compromised because funding is
being cut for operations and maintenance of public spaces. This session
will cover how landscape architects can address both problems through
rainwater harvesting and integrated irrigation design. 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29
“Water Works: The Keys to Designing State of the Art, Award-Winning Water Features”
- High design and new technology are best achieved through an early
collaboration among landscape architect, engineer and pool contractor.
Explore the principles of designing, sourcing and constructing
sustainable, beautiful water features, pools and spas. Industry leaders
will share experiences and explain their collaborative process. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Up a Creek: Holistic Water Management from Plan to Construction”
– Three built projects along a 3,200-acre transect will demonstrate
innovate water management techniques from tap to tributary. Linked
together, they are one essential infrastructure and a community
cornerstone. 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30
“Bioretention Rainwater Treatment: Technical Design Issues”
– Panelists will provide technical solutions to system design from
hydrology and soil to sizing, layout and plant performance. The session
will present research and standards for a well-designed system. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1
- Fountains have made enormous strides in sustainability, performance,
and life safety and continue to be a staple of experience-of-place. Join
Jim Garland, Hearst Headquarters, Roppongi Hills, and Dan Euser,
National September 11 Memorial, Mississauga Civic Square as they present
the latest thinking in fountain design. 10 – 11:30 a.m.
“Stormwater Management Integrated into Creative Landscape Design” –
The current regulatory environment has increased site-planning
challenges by requiring specific, prescriptive stormwater controls, but
aesthetic landscape architecture and stormwater management are often
polar opposites. This session will integrate the two with basic
hydrologic principles that meet the prescriptive requirements and
enhance creative freedom. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
“Bold Concepts in Stormwater Infiltration and Principles That Drive Success”
– Learn bold stormwater concepts from three of the nation’s most
innovative stormwater designers. Few landscape architects, even
engineers, currently understand the principles of subsurface water
movement and storage in soils. With these techniques, attendees can
restore large-scale urban landscapes and watersheds to master the
future. 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Working journalists attending the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO
for editorial coverage are eligible to receive complimentary media
credentials. The media credentials provide access to the EXPO floor,
general sessions, education sessions and the working press room with
computers, internet access and refreshments.
Media interested in attending should contact Karen Trimbath at email@example.com
with their name, address, email, phone number, title and media
organization. Due to limited space, journalists are strongly encouraged
to register well in advance. All requests are approved upon a
case-by-case basis, and ASLA may require additional documentation for
credentials. For any questions, contact Karen Trimbath.
in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape
architects, representing nearly 16,000 members in 48 professional
chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to
educate and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning and
artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the
Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership
and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.
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