ASLA Webinars

Mar 4, 2014 ‐ Dec 18, 2017


Hosted by ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) and other ASLA departments as important issues emerge. These presentations provide landscape architects with information on current trends and products. Tune in live to ask experts questions, while earning LA CES approved PDH.


Sessions

A Guide to Economic Analyses of Parks for Landscape Architects - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Dec 5, 2018 1:00pm ‐ Dec 5, 2018 2:00pm

Credits: None available.

This presentation will begin with an overview of seven categories of economic benefits generated by city park systems and how to measure those benefits. The benefit categories include enhanced property value, recreational use, health of area residents, tourism, stormwater infiltration, air pollution removal, and economic development. The Trust for Public Land will present results from cities where they have previously worked and sources of publicly available data you can use.

We know the benefits of investment in parks, open space, and open space networks are both qualitative (felt) and quantitative (observed), yet park champions often need to provide estimates of a return on investment, measured in benefit or value creation. “Value creation,” which is not universally defined, can be project-specific, and an over-emphasis on economics often leaves equity behind. HR&A will discuss examples of building narratives of “public benefits” including both qualitative and quantitative benefits to tell the whole story within the economic and political context so that we can identify and mobilize supporters, build public-private partnerships, and unlock sources of funding.

Given the many stakeholders affected by parks, managing parks, and funding parks, credible impact studies on parks are a very useful tool for planning and in stakeholder management. Conducting multifaceted studies on large parks requires a multidisciplinary approach that goes well beyond quantifying economics. The Balboa Park Conservancy partnered with San Diego State University to look at the many impacts the park has on the economy, the environment and on social issues such as health and youth. The study has served as an objective platform for many dialogues with a diverse group of stakeholders including politicians, the public, and the 85 organizations operating in the park.

Hosted by the ASLA Parks & Recreation Professional Practice Network

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the types of economic benefits that can result from parks.
  • Understand what economic information is publicly available and how to use this information to make an argument in favor of investments in parks.
  • Articulate the benefits and challenges of working with a university on this type of work.
  • Understand how a multidisciplinary approach offers a more powerful impact study.
  • Create a stakeholder management strategy that engages a diverse group in ways that are meaningful to them.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
  • Connie J. Chung, Managing Principal, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
  • Jessica Sargent, Director of Conservation Economics, The Trust for Public Land
  • Carl Winston, Director, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, San Diego State University
Tags: PPN Hosted
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00

Learning from Three Decades of Practicing Ecological Restoration in the Upper Midwest (U.S.) - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Nov 19, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Nov 19, 2018 1:00pm

Credits: None available.

Restoring degraded landscapes often brings both surprises and disappointments.  While some changes become apparent after the first year or two of interventions, working on restorations for a decade or more provides valuable lessons and insights for the practice of ecological restoration.  The leaders of this webinar have had the opportunity to work on long-term restorations in a city’s natural areas program and a university botanical gardens and arboretum and will share lessons they have learned over 20-30 years of practice.  Topics will cover the detective work in learning a site’s history and potential for restoration, developing restoration targets and realistic expectations, creating the mechanisms for carrying out a restoration, and committing to the long-term needs of a restoration project.  Emphasis will be on terrestrial ecosystems of the upper Midwest—namely prairies, oak openings, and woodlands.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify background information needed about a site and its history (especially related to plants, soils, and hydrology) before beginning planning a restoration
  • Understand criteria for setting restoration targets and planning a restoration process
  • Understand the need for evaluation and the commitment needed for restoration success

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Moderator(s):
  • Lee R. Skabelund, ASLA, Associate Professor, Kansas State University, Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning
Speaker(s):
  • Bob Grese, ASLA, Director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum; School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
  • David Borneman, Manager, City of Ann Arbor Natural Areas Preservation; David Borneman, LLC, Ecological Restoration/Prescribed Fire Contractor
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00

Magical Inclusion: Creating a Kinder, Healthier Place to Live and Play - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Sep 26, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Sep 26, 2018 1:00pm

Credits: None available.

Leveraging the innovative (and kind) spirit of Silicon Valley, Magical Bridge Foundation presents a new model to provide truly inclusive playgrounds and healthier public play spaces for all, regardless of ability, disability, size, or age. With more than 25,000 visitors per month flocking to Palo Alto to play, Magical Bridge is heralded as the nation’s most inclusive play space, with worldwide interest in replicating their model. In this session, the founders of the foundation will give insight into their success, expansion throughout the Bay Area (and the nation), and the extensive community they serve, including those living with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, visual and auditory impairments, the medically fragile, and the aging population. Learn about their process and guidelines for success and understand how they infuse Silicon Valley innovation into inclusive playground design.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to leverage the success of Magical Bridge Playground to enhance the quality and quantity of outdoor play time in the communities you serve, going way beyond ADA standards.
  • Understand the success of Magical Bridge Playground and Foundation, and the broad community they serve, including those living with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, visual and auditory impairments, the medically fragile, and the aging population.
  • Take lessons learned from mindfully-designed Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto and apply these processes and guidelines to create truly inclusive experiences in your projects.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
Tags: PPN Hosted
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00

Accelerate Your Career - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)

Sep 18, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Sep 18, 2018 1:00pm

Credits: None available.

Feel like your growth at work has stalled? Hitting a barrier to your career growth and not breaking through? In this session you’ll learn about some of the common reasons women's career growth can slow down and what you can do to speed it up again. You’ll learn about three strategies—from three real women in design—that can help you achieve your own career breakthrough.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify key work habits that may be slowing down your career growth.
  2. Implement at least one strategy to help you grow faster at work.
  3. Advocate for key support needed for career growth from coworkers or supervisors.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Members: $30.00
Members: $20.00

SPOTLIGHT mini-series: Adaptation Strategies: Infrastructure Flexibility for Resilient Communities and Autonomous Vehicles - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Aug 28, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Aug 28, 2018 1:00pm

Credits: None available.

Sea level rise has had a significant impact on coastal ecosystems resulting in wetland loss, increased coastal erosion/inundation, and increases in the duration and frequency of flooding from storm surge. The first presentation introduces a collection of adaptive flood attenuation mechanisms (both structural and non-structural) for protecting newly designed communities from flood events and the eventual impacts of sea level rise.

The second presentation examines how the autonomous vehicle will redefine the streetscape in the coming future. For one possibility, street space could shift towards more pedestrian-oriented urban neighborhoods. Driverless cars may use space more efficiently and potentially relinquish some of this space, particularly street parking in downtown areas to public space. For another possibility, these saved spaces might simply be packed with more driverless cars based on increasing ride demands. The critical question becomes how to reassign the authority between the pedestrians and riders on the street.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight on implementable climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
  • Explore economic, ecological, cultural and social benefits from the practice of green infrastructure
  • Identify impacts that driverless car will brings to our city
  • Examine concepts and strategies for implementing infrastructure flexibility and how this will change urban corridor aesthetics and programming

PPN Mentors:

Hunter Beckham, FASLA, Sustainable Design & Development PPN
Eric Gilbey, ASLA, Digital Technology PPN
Emily O’Mahoney, FASLA, Women in Landscape Architecture PPN

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $60.00
Members: $30.00
Associates: $20.00
Students: $0.00

SPOTLIGHT mini-series: Transforming Landscape Through Culture: Dance Principles & Archival Sources as Design Inspiration - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)

Aug 21, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Aug 21, 2018 1:00pm

Credits: None available.

The Anacostia riverfront in Washington, D.C., suffers from a severe lack of experiential diversity. Part I of this presentation explores how dance can be successfully translated into the landscape and how choreographic dance principles are helpful tools for creating a diverse and engaging landscape composition. Many dance principles can apply to landscape design. By approaching park design as a choreographer of dance, a designer can focus on the human experiences –how materiality and the environment influence movement, senses, and emotions, creating a diverse and engaging landscape composition.

Part II of the presentation illustrates how to integrate GIS into the design process of documenting, preserving, and interpreting historic landscapes. What began as GIS mapping of the land transfer of George Washington's five farms at Mount Vernon led to a healing garden concept for the historically African-American neighborhood of Gum Springs, founded by former slave, West Ford. This presentation will educate participants on mapping techniques and dataset analysis in ArcGIS in order to integrate ecological research with cultural landscapes, providing inspiration for design decisions and practical guidance in ecological restoration.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how choreographic dance principles can be translated into landscape design at the site scale
  • Gain a new approach to design and user experience by implementing choreographic dance principles to create contrast and stimulate movement, senses, and emotions.
  • Understand how to formulate the right questions for dataset construction and the design process feedback loop.
  • Utilize various methods for incorporating archival sources and ecological planting frameworks into GIS datasets.

PPN Mentors:

David Cutter, ASLA, Campus Planning & Design PPN
Kristina Snyder, ASLA, Women in Landscape Architecture PPN
Amy Wagenfeld, Affiliate ASLA, Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $60.00
Members: $30.00
Associates: $20.00
Students: $0.00

Water Conservation in Landscape Irrigation - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Aug 7, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Aug 7, 2018 1:00pm

Credits: None available.

Water conservation is more important now than ever and in no place in landscape architecture is it more in the forefront than in irrigation. This webinar focuses on why designers should care about conserving water in landscape irrigation and how it ties into the triple bottom line of the environment, society, and economy for sustainable development. We’ll do this by exploring the biology, mechanics, and engineering behind plant water conservation, implementation methods through irrigation practices and technology, and how the result can be a landscape that uses significantly less water while preserving your intended look as a landscape architect. The talk will conclude with real life water conservation success stories.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basic scientific processes of the soil-plant-air-continuum (SPAC) and irrigation system used to supplement water
  • Identify the major irrigation design principles in conserving water in landscape irrigation
  • Become aware of alternative water sources for irrigation to offset the need for potable water

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
  • Michael Igo, Affil. ASLA, LEED AP, PE, Aqueous Consultants, LLC
Moderator(s):
Tags: PPN Hosted
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00

SITES® v2 Precedent Studies and Lessons Learned - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) / 1.0 SITES-specific GBCI CE

Jun 27, 2018 1:00pm ‐ Jun 27, 2018 2:00pm

Credits: None available.

This presentation will provide the attendee with a high level introduction to the SITES® v2 framework, introduce two SITES certified projects (Chicago's Navy Pier and DC's United States Botanic Garden), share select quality example documentation and tips, review some of the challenges and value add of utilizing the SITES framework on these projects, and will offer strategies for successfully integrating and embedding sustainable design attributes throughout the pre-design, design, construction, and operations phases. The audience will walk away with a better understanding of the SITES framework and how it can be used to drive sustainability within their projects.

The GBCI course ID for this course is 0920016542, providing SITES-specific CE hours required to maintain SITES AP credentials. Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants will need to self-report CE hours through their credentials account on usgbc.org.

Learning Objectives 

  • Recognize how SITES v2 can provide a ready-made framework to promote good design, sustainability and improved project outcomes, starting with a pre-design site assessment as required in P2.2.
  • Learn from case studies and understand associated challenges and opportunities using SITESv2.
  • Understand methodologies for embedding sustainable design and maximizing accountability (leveraging SITES v2 P2.1, P2.2, P4.1, P7.1, P8.1, c9.3, specifications and tracking tools).
  • Incorporate tips for quality SITES v2 compliance documentation into their projects, specific to C5.4, C5.5, C5.6, and C5.7.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
Tags: PPN Hosted
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00

ASLA Standard Form Contracts – In Practice - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)

Jun 12, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Jun 12, 2018 1:00pm

Credits: None available.

This presentation describes the structure and use of the ASLA Standard Form Contracts as a business tool developed to meet the needs of the profession by incorporating up-to-date critical elements of instruments of service. Contracts are tailored for landscape architecture professionals and the clients they serve. Beyond the specific ASLA Standard Contract, the presentation covers the importance of a landscape architecture consultant-client contract, the essential elements of a contract, the reasons the contract is needed, and liability issues for landscape architects.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the purpose and practical use of the short form and standard form.
  • Know the importance of the liability clauses and how to negotiate an insurable contract.
  • Understand the importance of the client’s understanding of a detailed scope of work.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00
Standard: $165.00

Landscape Performance to Demonstrate Impact: Sustainable Campus Landscapes - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

May 1, 2018 12:00pm ‐ May 1, 2018 1:00pm

Credits: None available.

Understanding the environmental, social and economic benefits of sustainable landscapes is essential for designers, developers, investors, and policymakers who influence land development and want better results. This session introduces and explores the concept of landscape performance and why it is critical to achieving sustainability and reaching key decision-makers, with a particular focus on examples from sustainable campuses in the United States. The Landscape Architecture Foundation will present an overview of the Landscape Performance Series, an online, interactive set of resources to help evaluate performance, show value and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. Learn how the Case Study Briefs, Benefits Toolkit, Fast Facts, and more can be used to evaluate and demonstrate the impact of sustainable campus landscapes and how you can be part of this growing online resource.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the concept of landscape performance for campus landscapes and why it is critical to achieving sustainability and reaching key decision-makers
  • Learn about resources available in the Landscape Performance Series to show value, quantify benefits, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions
  • Know how to access and submit projects, tools, and research to the online Landscape Performance Series database

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00