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
Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards program honors the
best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the Students Award
program gives us a glimpse of the future of the profession. The ASLA Awards
Ceremony will be at 12 p.m., October 1 in the Phoenix Convention Center. To
learn more about the awards, click here.
Keep reading to see the collection of leading sustainability
programs, free to the press:
Friday, Sept. 28
Impact Assessment: Wind Energy and the Maine Wind Energy Act” – A panel
of wind energy experts will discuss Maine’s approach to evaluating the scenic
impacts and use responses to these large-scale human interventions in natural
environments. 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Site Pavement Systems” – The benefits of permeable segmental paving
systems are both functional and aesthetic. Their use in landscape planning is
widely recognized as a best practice. Panelists will discuss the
sustainable-design benefits and installation fundamentals for implementing a
range of permeable-pavement systems. 8:30
- 10 a.m.
Metrics: Measuring Landscape and Energy Performance at Various Scales” – This
session will categorize and quantify sustainability measures for site-specific,
campus-wide and multiple-brownfield development projects. The review will
include various methodologies for developing and applying metrics to analyze
the benefits of design approaches. 10:30
a.m. - 12 p.m.
to Design and Build Sustainable Eco-Learning Labs on School Campuses” –
Panelists will discuss the possibility of transforming schools into learning
tools through the Environmental Laboratory for Sustainability and Ecological
Education program, a pilot program for SITES. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Sustainable Future: The Client Perspective” – This session will present a range
of clients who have led thoughtful, sustainable park projects. A panel will
discuss how one works with clients to create successful urban destinations. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wall Planting Design: Using Plants to Create a Living Work of Art” – Green
wall systems are vital to the long-term health and sustainability of our
environments, and can also be living works of art. Designers and installers of
green wall systems will discuss aesthetics and pragmatics of bringing artistry
and creativity to the green wall plant palette. 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30
Design Collaboration: Sustainability in Action” – Panelists
will look at the Croton Water Treatment Plant Above-Ground Buildings/Landscape,
currently under construction in New York. This project embodies emerging
sustainable practices in public works and speaks to the importance in
sustainable-design political initiatives, how design can unite contradicting
programs and how innovative solutions solve seeming insurmountable conflicts. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1
Energy in an Urban Landscape” – Landscape architects can be more
involved with issues that incorporate renewable energy systems. This panel will
discuss opportunities for both large- and site-scale systems, trends,
technology and financing opportunities. 8
- 9:30 a.m.
Infrastructure Solutions at the Right Scale” – More integrated, sustainable
solutions will build momentum for efficient urban infrastructures. Panelists in
this session will explore the interplay among scale, systems and infrastructure
planning for the 21st century. 10 - 11:30
“Sustainable Development: The Making of the
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park” – London’s Olympic Park is a sustainable
development that will be transformed into a mixed-use development for up to
20,000 residents. Speaker John C. Hopkins, ASLA, of the University of
Pennsylvania will tell the story of turning a desolate, contaminated landscape
into an Olympic sporting complex. 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Sustainable Agriculture’s Role in Community Growth and Transformation” – Most
communities are more becoming more aware of what they eat and where it came
from. Experts will discuss the landscape architect’s role in improving this
trend for a stronger sense of community. 3:30
- 5 p.m.
More great sustainability programming on tap at the 2012 ASLA
Annual Meeting & EXPO:
Green Roof Design in Arid Regions, Sept.
28, 1:30 - 3 p.m.·
Using Plants to Clean Up Contaminated Sites, Sept.
28, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
- Green Roof
Planting Design: Learning from the Experts, Sept. 30, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Evolution of Green Infrastructure: NYC’s Green Infrastructure Plan and Program, Sept.
30, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Landscapes: Harvesting Power from the Urban Environment, Oct.
1, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Cutting Edge of Creating Green Roads, Oct. 1, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Powered Outdoor Lighting: Sustainable Solutions for Landscape Architects, Oct.
1, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
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.
interested in attending should contact Karen Trimbath at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Learn more about landscape
architecture online at www.asla.org.