Better understand how landscape planning exercises the social and environmental responsibility of reconciling the public’s needs through high-tech developments with conservation and innovative planning. Critical topics include:
Retrofitting Suburbia has started a national trend, and many of our communities are initiating planning and rezoning efforts to apply these principles, but without taking into account the nature and scale of the application. This session explores realistic solutions for improving smaller-scale suburbs while demonstrating common mistakes to avoid.
Through examples of "sprawl repair" and the "suburban retrofit," understand the importance of scale and context.
Understand how Retrofitting Suburbia is being grossly misapplied throughout smaller communities, as well as the importance of regional perspective.
Explore a range of case studies demonstrating gaps in the tool kit and common mistakes in applying New Urbanism and Smart Growth principles.
Understand how to test ideas, ask the right questions of your project, and most effectively apply the appropriate planning tools.
There is an emergent landscape being created by petroleum extraction. This is becoming a national landscape issues, yet few landscape architects are involved in policy discussions associated with these mining practices. This session looks at how landscape architects can participate in planning, mitigation, and policy for the current fracking boom.
Learn the basics of the technologies that are driving the current boom in U.S. oil and gas production.
Examine how these technological changes impact land-use patterns, landscapes, and communities.
Understand policy approaches to lessening the impacts of fracking and legal limits on what regulators can demand.
Look at ways that landscape architects can and should be required by law to oversee mitigation of the adverse effects of these extraction techniques.
Infrastructure--from streets and sidewalks to bridges and elevated rail lines--remains our cities' most vast yet untapped resource for transforming the public realm. Drawing on New York City's strategies and on-the-ground experience, this session offers critical lessons and approaches for designing dynamic streetscapes and public spaces at multiple scales.
Evaluate streetscape design principles and practices in the context of New York City.
Classify strategies and methods of redesigning spaces beneath and adjacent to elevated infrastructure.
Comprehend the tool kit and application of streetscape furnishings developed for New York City.
Discuss methods, guidelines, and policy recommendations for reclaiming and designing spaces for greater public benefit.
Abandoned rail lines, once economically interwoven but psychologically marginal to city life, can become new, welcoming trails and greenways. They facilitate civic connections, unlike older parks intended as escapes from the city. This transforms cities into desirable places to live rather than districts inhabited primarily by necessity and not choice.
Comprehend the transformative potential of abandoned rail lines as recreational paths and linear parks.
Internalize the current national context for rail-trail conversion, with a focus on urban areas.
Take the vanguard on specific roles for landscape architects to convert rail lines into linear parks.
Accept the relationships among the various public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders that are necessary to implement successful rail conversions.
From abandoned parking lots to lush rolling hills, gardens, and meadows, Tongva Park is the new green heart of Santa Monica. Developed under the scrutiny of urban foresters and eclectic horticulturalists, the resultant planting design offers a model of sustainability for similar projects--one that carefully balances environment and culture.
Determine the management process for large park-planting designs from aesthetic, cultural, and environmental perspectives.
Understand how sustainable landscapes can incorporate both native and non-native plants and multi-zone landscapes.
Learn effective design approaches to establish large-scale Mediterranean meadows and create multi-storied landscape habitats within urban environments.
Explore the challenges, changes, and opportunities encountered during construction.
The Complete Streets movement has focused much discussion on the opportunities for healthier and more humane public streets. This panel, in particular, will focus on the Take Back the Boulevard grassroots initiative in Los Angeles as a case study for how communities can self-organize to bring about Complete Street improvements.
Learn how landscape architects can be a catalyst for Complete Streets.
Learn key first steps in organizing for change.
Discover partnerships with community organizations and political offices that are vital to success.
Understand the challenges and opportunities of communicating change to a wide audience.
Coastal Louisiana is a national treasure and one of the most productive estuaries in the world. However, like many areas along our nation’s shores, Louisiana is facing growing threats from climate change, sea level rise, and increasing flood risk. This webinar discusses how Louisiana is addressing this problem through an ecologically-based planning framework described in Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast and is creating a more sustainable coastal landscape and resilient communities through the implementation of large-scale Coastal Ecological Restoration projects. Presenters will discuss ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive statewide planning framework to prioritize restoration and protection projects, as well as site-level planning, design, and implementation of restoration projects in a range of ecologies across the Louisiana coast.
Understand an integrated, systems-based approach to environmental analysis, planning, and design - with emphasis on basin-scale ecosystem restoration.
Become familiar with working in linked socio-ecological systems, the need for interdisciplinary planning teams, and the importance of incorporating holistic ecological, economic, social, and cultural goals, objectives, and performance criteria.
Understand the complexities of implementing large-scale barrier island and marsh creation projects.
The debate is under way between "urbanism" and "landscape urbanism". Which approach is better for creating healthy urban environments and green infrastructure? This presentation discusses how landscape architects are well positioned to serve the public well-being from the regional scale to the specific building site.
Acquire a working definition of green infrastructure and its evolution through history.
Determine the scales by which green infrastructure can be applied and the criteria by which it can be integrated with the design of urban landscapes.
Understand what a systems approach to green infrastructure means and how this supports the planning and design spheres of practice.
Learn through successful case studies how green infrastructure becomes a model for the planning and design of urban space.
Ditch or Dutch? Increasing coastal water levels have begun to affect the very idea of shared responsibility. This panel will present the many adaptation options from examples worldwide that include coastal industries and private interests to manage the increasing risks of living on the seaboard.
Determine how to design infrastructure, buildings, and public spaces that can resist flooding without compromising other values.
Understand flood resistance as a zoning, planning, and architectural problem.
Learn about research on the performance of structures in floods and violent winds
Recognize how to interweave design, communication, and participation strategies that are not top-down techno-managerial solutions.
Awards programs are a way to not only recognize and applaud those individuals and organizations whose achievements exemplify excellence, but also to provide learning opportunities for everyone whose lives and passions involve higher education. A 2013 juror, Peter Schaudt, will share observations and trends from this year’s landscape and planning entries and award recipients. Specific topics covered will be a general summary of the awards breakdown, sustainable measuring systems, sustainable landscape planning, transit transitions and the Urban Campus, and then, the actual award recipients. This presentation will also give insight for those who plan to submit projects for SCUP’s early 2014 award’s deadline.
Discover how projects can articulate the mission of a college or university.
Recognize innovations in Campus landscape planning.
Discuss how the effective use of materials and aesthetic choices demonstrate the highest quality of design.
Consider opportunities to apply new innovations on your own campus.