Discover the importance of ample, clean water through the management of stormwater with innovative solutions such as green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, and pervious pavements. Best practices will be shared on critical topics including:
In winter 2014, ASLA polled residential landscape architects about the estimated popularity of various design elements for 2014. This presentation will introduce the most popular design features sought out by homeowners and will identify how landscape architects can incorporate such features into their projects. Landscape features include water and fire elements and outdoor kitchens, as well as environmentally-progressive design elements for lighting, irrigation and small-scale stormwater management techniques.
Participants will be introduced to various outdoor kitchens, systems and styles and learn how to provide necessary infrastructure for outdoor kitchens in new and existing homes.
Participants will be exposed to various stormwater management devices for residential homes, including drywells, underwater storage tanks, rain barrels and rain gardens and learn how to best assess a site for the right stormwater management system.
Participants will understand how to best accommodate a site for food gardens, fire pits, water features and other oft-requested landscape features.
Participants will be introduced to various eco-friendly practices in landscape design, including permeable paving, drip irrigation and LED lighting - and understand when their use is appropriate.
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.
This session presents on artful rainwater design, offering regionally-specific examples of green infrastructure that celebrates rain. Learn about trends and issues in artful rainwater design, and be inspired by the work of practitioners who take this exciting placemaking approach to stormwater management.
Learn why artful rainwater design is a savvy approach to intelligent sustainable stormwater management.
Get some pointers on how to overcome client/municipal skepticism.
Understand major challenges and opportunities to this approach to green infrastructure.
Gain regionally-specific ideas to inspire your own artful rainwater design efforts.
Essentially “upcycling” an outdated office building, Perkins+Will’s transformation of 1315 Peachtree Street stands as a new civic model on Atlanta’s signature street. Where there once stood a prominent driveway and parking deck, now a pedestrian-oriented plaza creates an open-air living room and reconnects the building to the street. The site design showcases innovative use of materials and commitment to sustainable practices in the landscape, including creative stormwater management solutions throughout the site, such as cisterns, rain gardens, and porous paving surfaces. Certified LEED® Platinum, the project is a living model for small urban sites with big goals for sustainability.
Explore strategies for creative stormwater management in a dense urban area.
Understand benefits of an interdisciplinary design approach.
Become familiar with best practices for use of innovative materials, in a collaborative design and permitting process.
This session will explain in detail the proper selection, design, and implementation of stormwater controls; what low-impact development and green infrastructure are; appropriate stormwater-control design approaches; and factors contributing to the success or failure of stormwater controls, including the importance of maintenance and plant selection.
Learn green infrastructure concepts and their implementation at site to regional scales.
Understand the process for selecting the appropriate stormwater control measure, given treatment objectives, and physical context.
Learn appropriate construction details and maintenance requirements for proper function of stormwater control measures.
Be familiar with successes and failures of stormwater control measures regarding plantings and construction details.
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.
This session will summarize the results of a colloquium held in April 2013 at Penn State University at which 10 nationally recognized public and private practitioners presented their approaches to artful rainwater design. See how real-world systems bring both beauty and environmental remediation to sites.
Learn why artful rainwater design is a successful approach to intelligent site design.
Address how to overcome client/municipal skepticism.
Understand what the major challenges and opportunities are to this approach to green infrastructure.
Explore why monitoring a project designed from this perspective is critical to success.
This one-hour technical presentation which will cover a range of topics related to green infrastructure planning and design. Cory Gallo, a landscape architect and professor at Mississippi State University, and Brian Wethington, a landscape architect and environmental specialist with Portland Oregon’s Bureau of Environmental services, will lead the presentation. The presenters will discuss basic terminology of green infrastructure design, provide an overview of how Portland’s policies facilitate green infrastructure, and review how research into the effectiveness of bioretention may influence the design of facilities in the future.
Learn technically accurate naming conventions and configuration variations of bioretention facilities.
Learn how location may influence the sizing and approach to implementing bioretention facilities.
Learn the broad policies, which can facilitate holistic adaptation of green infrastructure strategies.
Learn about trends in research, which may influence the application of bioretention facilities in the future.
This technical presentation compares in detail the current methods of obtaining evapotranspiration (ET) and soil moisture data, including proper selection, costs, installation methods, and calculations in the control of irrigation systems. Examples are shown with each method to help determine which method fits best to each application.
Learn what ET (Evapotranspiration) is and products used to obtain.
See how today’s irrigation controllers convert daily ET rates into runtime.
Learn the various methods of soil moisture sensing available today.
Learn how soil moisture sensing works with irrigation systems.
Discuss the advantages and challenges of each type.