Professional Practice

Critical Interactions. Ecological Research into Landscape Design

Date: 1/17/2013 - 1/18/2013

Type: Educational Opportunities

Location(s): Pennsylvania


To design and manage landscapes successfully is to create symbiotic relationships between people and living systems. While these systems are highly complex, research into their interactions, patterns, and processes is robust. This two-day conference, the 24th annual New Directions in the American Landscape symposium, will explore the connections between science and design and the potential for these connections to profoundly alter how we create and manage small and large scale landscapes.

Day one of the conference explores the canopied landscape and day two explores the open landscape. Speakers and topics on day one include:

  • Donald Leopold, "Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Coordinating Design and Management of Canopy and Understory Layers"
  • Rebecca Kagle and Maura McCarthy, "Restoring the Urban Woodland: Wissahickon Valley Park"
  • Conversations on the Canopied Landscape: A Panel
  • Patrick Chasse, ASLA, "Skylands: Restoration of a Jens Jensen Landscape"
  • Matthew Tarr, "The Biology Behind a Successful Landscape: Wildlife Habitat Structure and Function."

Speakers and topics on day two include:

  • Scott Meiners, "Old Field Succession: A Fifty-Year Study of Change"
  • Sara Tangren, "Using Local Ecotypes: Practical Issues and Future Considerations for Improved Commercial Availability"
  • Kristine Boys, "A Native Lawn: Is It Possible?"
  • Screening of "Designing in the Prairie Spirit," featuring Darrel Morrison, FASLA
  • Conversation on the Open Landscape: A Panel
  • Tim Terway, "Between Science and Design: Determining the Balance for Constructed Ecosystems."

CEUs available for landscape architects, horticulturists, and members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). The event is developed by New Directions in the American Landscape and is sponsored by the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. The event is held at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. To download a brochure, please visit


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