From sidewalk widths to curb layouts, street design is often led by traffic engineers. The goal of this session is to help landscape architects understand the traffic engineering vocabulary and technical considerations. Become effective contributors to the dialogue that shapes these public spaces.
Identify opportunities for improvement in the knowledge base and training of landscape architects.
Learn the key methods, regulations, and considerations that guide traffic engineering and street design.
Understand how the pedestrian is and is not factored into the typical traffic engineering process.
Help landscape architects collaborate effectively with engineers for better street and multi-modal design.
Learn how the SITES rating system is providing added value to design, management, and maintenance practices of four certified park projects in diverse eco-regions, from an ultra-urban environment and postindustrial waterfront, to large national parks. Panelists will share lessons that informed critical modifications and improvements to the SITES rating system.
Examine lessons learned from the designers of four certified SITES park pilot projects
Gain an understanding of the synergy between LEED and SITES
Understand the projects teams expectations and challenges related to SITES
Expand the use and applicability of the SITES rating system for a wide variety of projects in diverse eco-regions, in both the public and private sector.
Landscape architects hold more power than ever-to foster biodiversity and resilience and tell a compelling story of the landscape and our place in it. By embracing scientific principles and allowing them to inform our work, Biohabitats aims to create robust, dynamic landscapes that go beyond improving quality of life.
Learn how to effect positive environmental change while creating inviting and functional spaces.
Embrace ecological whole-systems thinking and how it informs design projects by opening up a host of opportunities for innovation and inspiration.
Explore how the practice of landscape architecture redefines connections and connectivity from the inside out.
Discover the unique opportunity that science-based design provides for deeper exploration of landscape resilience in the face of climate change, geopolitical unrest, disaster recovery, and planning for sustainability.
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.
Since their founding in 1998, Confluence has become one of the largest landscape architecture and planning firms in the Midwest. Principals will give an overview of the firm, its leadership approach, and their strategies behind design-service delivery and client-type diversification. They will also discuss "Midwest Nice" and the associated challenges.
Learn how the firm started, is organized, and created a culture of strategic growth throughout the Midwest.
Appreciate how firm rebranding efforts affect internal and external growth as well as create a framework for expansion.
Understand how and why Confluence takes the leadership role on projects and establishes collaborative relationships with its multi-disciplinary partners.
Know how the firm attacks projects with challenging budgets or mindsets, and still delivers award-winning design projects.
Landscape architects are often responsible for the design of stormwater systems that promote specific levels of performance. This session will describe current initiatives to document performance, protocols for measuring performance, ways to design more effective systems, and the challenges the profession could face when levels of performance aren't realized.
Be familiar with current research and monitoring of best management practices (BMP) performance sponsored by the EPA.
Develop an understanding of protocols to effectively measure BMP performance.
Learn about key measures to more accurately align theoretical and actual performance
Learn about evolving federal regulations regarding design and performance, and potential liabilities and pitfalls for projects that fail to perform as designed.
The New York based practice is recognized internationally for designing sustainable master plans, waterfront parks, public spaces, and gardens. The Firm's approach is rooted in the exploration of the boundaries between nature and structure through landscape. BAL / LAB, the incubator office, focuses on green roofs, floating islands, temporary landscapes, forms of representation, and zero waste city.
Gain insight into how landscape architecture is reinventing itself.
Understand what it means to put the city in nature (rather than putting nature in the city) – how do you put a city in nature?
Explore the importance and challenges of the representation of landscape.
Appreciate that landscape is always changing and how this lack of fixity is landscape's asset.
Buffalo’s Pop-up Adventure-Playground was started by an architect, a landscape architect, an environmental activist, and an educator; all parents who are concerned about the state of children’s play in our country. Our group’s goal was to host an open-ended, free play event, which encouraged children’s curiosity about the natural and man-made world through self-directed creative play/construction projects in a format that would be approachable for parents. Our presentation will showcase the five Pop Up Parks and what the kids created, as well as in-depth information on how communities can create their own.
Understand the current state of Play in the US.
Understand how to organize a one day community based adventure playground.
Identify the creative elements designed and built by youth, as well as the developmental and social benefits received.
Learn how to develop a specific "Event Plan", while understanding the pitfalls.
Learn how to develop a "Follow Up" plan that documents the event's success, while balancing research and encouraging play.
Plants die, pavements cracks, finishes peel off. Sometimes things fail. This session will look at examples of failures both small and large to examine the root causes of those failures. We will examine the interactive roles design, documentation, construction, and maintenance play in the process.
Learn the causes of failure.
Examine the changes projects endure that contribute to failure.
Know how to apply techniques for deterring failure.
Examine case studies of common failures in the field.
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.