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

Urban Street Tree Planting: Correcting Myths and Misconceptions - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Nov 14, 2017 12:30pm ‐ Nov 14, 2017 1:30pm

Credits: None available.

Despite 35 years of research, books, articles and lectures, the profession still maintains many myths and misconceptions about designing with trees in urban spaces. Tree health is still at risk from all too common and obsolete design errors. This webinar will point out the most common of these errors, and provide best practice recommendations to develop truly sustainable urban landscapes. Based on the six most critical concepts of designing for healthy trees, this session will teach sound, science-based designs, details, and specifications. Better informed designers will have the tools to incorporate science and sustainability principles into the aesthetic principles that guide the design of these important landscape spaces.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand best practices related to urban street tree planting.
  • Incorporate the six most critical principles to attain sustainability in urban tree design.
  • Use the latest research findings to make decisions on soil options for urban trees.

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

The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS): An Introduction to HALS and the Short Format Historical Report - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Aug 30, 2017 2:00pm ‐ Aug 30, 2017 3:00pm

Credits: None available.

The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) mission is to record historic landscapes in the United States and its territories through measured drawings, written histories, and large-format photography. The National Park Service oversees the daily operation of HALS. The American Society of Landscape Architects provides professional guidance and technical advice through their Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network. The Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress preserves the documentation for posterity and makes it available to the general public.

Examples of HALS baseline and mitigation documentation prepared by professional landscape architectural practitioners will be shared along with examples of landscape architectural university programs using HALS to teach site documentation to students. Anyone may prepare HALS documentation for the open ended collection to promote preservation, and this presentation will explain how to prepare a HALS Short Format History for submission to the annual HALS Challenge competition.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to prepare HALS documentation for the open ended collection and promote preservation.
  • See examples of how to incorporate HALS into landscape architectural practice with baseline documentation and mitigation projects.
  • See examples of how to incorporate HALS into a landscape architectural university curriculum for teaching site assessment and documentation to students.
  • Learn how to prepare a HALS Short Format History for submission to the annual HALS Challenge.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
  • Christopher M. Stevens, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS), National Park Service
Tags: PPN Hosted
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00

SPOTLIGHT mini-series: Tropical TalkStory: Hardwood Hammocks and Aloha Art - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/NON-HSW)

Aug 24, 2017 2:00pm ‐ Aug 24, 2017 3:00pm

Credits: None available.

Tropical Hardwood Hammocks of the Florida Keys: Why Sustainable Landscapes are Vital for the Region

The tropical hardwood hammocks in the Florida Keys are vital to the regional ecology of North and South America. Migrating birds from the Northeast travel through this corridor to South America for the winter. The Keys are the last “spring board” to prepare for the oceanic flight. If we lose this habitat, biologists suggest that it will be detrimental to habitats from North to South America. How can landscape architecture create spaces for people to enjoy the Florida Keys environment and preserve it at the same time?

Learning objectives:

  • Understand why the tropical hardwood hammocks are a key component for migrating birds.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the details of the tropical hardwood hammocks: their historical plant community, soils, topographical map, water, and plants.
  • See how can we design an ecologically sensitive habitat for people, plants, and wildlife.


Aloha Public Art: Exploring Honolulu's Art Scene

The recent conclusion of the inaugural 2017 Honolulu Biennial art exhibit, a network of art installations throughout Downtown Honolulu, marks a milestone achievement in the development of a local contemporary art program. Hawaii's geography, culture, history, and tourism contribute to the unique art scene of the islands. "Living Aloha" is a cultural statement meaning mindful living and connecting to the land. This mantra is reflected in Hawaii’s people, art, and culture. As the public art scene continues to develop and emerge in cities across the world, landscape architects have a responsibility and opportunity to design spaces for art and cultural exchange.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain insight about the contemporary public art scene in Honolulu as a model for cities worldwide.
  • Understand how local culture, history, geography, economy, and tourism influence local contemporary artists.
  • Discover how landscape architects can lead the conversation about public art by designing spaces for artistic expression.


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: Transitional Landscapes & Tactical Mycelium - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Aug 23, 2017 3:00pm ‐ Aug 23, 2017 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Transitional Landscapes: Temporary Places with Permanent Impacts

‘Transitional landscape’ often refers to a median space between two main spaces, but what if we evaluated the concept of ‘transitional’ differently? What if transitional landscape referred to a timeline? Whether it is due to social, economic, or natural issues, many individuals often find themselves in transitional living situations - voluntarily or otherwise - such as camps, shelters, prisons, and temporary housing, to name a few. Most individuals who seek these temporary and transitional living circumstances have experienced trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder; however, the landscape and shared spaces of these places are far from serene, beautiful, and considerate of the physical and psychological needs of these individuals. The question that this research seeks to answer is how can landscape help improve the lives of those already suffering from trauma and unfortunate circumstances, through specific research on needs of individuals suffering PTSD, and designing a landscape in response to those needs in a local context.

Learning objectives:

  • Within the context of environmental psychology, understanding the significance and importance of landscape architecture to the psychological wellbeing of individuals.
  • Study & analysis of case studies of transitional/temporary housing landscapes, their challenges, and opportunities.
  • Design strategies and elements to use in transitional landscapes.


Tactical Mycelium: An Exploration of Wastewater Treatment Byproducts as Ephemeral Building Material

There is a growing movement of designers rethinking supposed waste products in urban industries. Within the current urban wastewater treatment process, one specific byproduct presents a unique opportunity for research into sustainable reuse: mycelium. These fine fibers of fungi serve as vast communication networks between plants and emerge on the soil’s surface as mushrooms. While ecologists and scientists research mycelium’s medicinal potential, designers are investigating its capacity as a new building material in a post-carbon future.

Tactical Mycelium explores this capacity in a 6-month Perkins+Will research grant framed by the pop-up approach and ephemeral nature of tactical urbanism initiatives, investigating the growth and optimized building potential of this fungus. The installation itself tests a singular catenary arch as the most effective way to grow the material into a self-supporting structure, use as little formwork as possible, and provide shelter and space for human occupation. Ultimately, the research aims to augment the tactical urbanist’s material palette and support future projects that reimagine our relationship with mycelium.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between mushrooms and urban wastewater treatment, and how this untapped byproduct might be cultivated for future use.
  • Learn about the properties of mycelium and the process of growing it into structures for short and long-term applications.
  • Learn about the methodologies and challenges of growing mycelium into a singular, self-supporting form.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

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

Creating Pollinator Habitat Along Roadsides - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Jun 14, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Jun 14, 2017 2:00pm

Credits: None available.

Pollinators are essential to our health and to the health of ecosystems. However, pollinators are in trouble. With more than 17 million acres of land in roadsides in the United States alone, transportation rights-of-way are a significant, yet often overlooked, resource for pollinator conservation. Many of these roadway environments offer excellent opportunities to increase pollinator habitats. Landscape architects with transportation agencies across the country can take steps to improve the quality of roadside vegetation to benefit pollinators, steps that can also maintain public safety and improve public good will. Presenters will discuss roadsides, roadside design, and roadside vegetation management and how these affect the establishment and sustainability of pollinator habitats. An overview of best management practices will be provided, as well as a summary of resources for practitioners. Presenters will provide perspectives covering the eastern forest, arid southwest, and central prairies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand ways in which roadside design and management can support pollinators.
  • Observe case studies where pollinators have been incorporated successfully in roadside plantings across the United States.
  • Learn about the obstacles in implementing pollinator plantings and how to overcome them.
  • Learn the do’s and don’ts for sourcing plant materials for roadside plantings.
  • Identify the vegetation zones on the roadside and know what types of plant material can be installed.
  • Understand what the Clear zone is and how it impacts pollinators.
  • Learn how road safety and pollinator habitat are compatible.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
  • Ellen Alster, ASLA, Pima County Department of Transportation
  • Jessie Byrd, ASLA, Pima County Native Plant Nursery Manager
  • Jennifer Hopwood, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
  • Robert LaRoche, LA, PE, Technical Resources Team Leader, Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00

Equity by Design: Connecting with Underserved Communities in Your Design Process - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

May 17, 2017 1:00pm ‐ May 17, 2017 2:30pm

Credits: None available.

Contemporary planning may often require landscape architects to engage diverse and underrepresented communities during the design process to build consensus and positive change. Communities that are under-resourced or politically marginalized have long struggled to have a seat at the table for planning and development projects in their neighborhood. Design teams may face challenges in building trust and creating productive working relationships across real and perceived divides between community residents, local government, and community partners. This session will offer designers a menu of tools to develop trust between non-traditional partners, deepen historical and cultural understanding, and elevate community voices resulting in a richer, more robust and meaningful design outcome.

Learning Objectives:

  • Select from a menu of tools to effectively engage underrepresented communities.
  • Elevate community voices in the design process and outcome.
  • Identify community priorities for cultural and historical themes to deepen the design outcome.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

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

Children's Heat and Radiation Exposures in Playgrounds and the Role of Bioclimatic Design - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

May 10, 2017 2:00pm ‐ May 10, 2017 3:00pm

Credits: None available.

Overexposure to ambient variables such as ultraviolet radiation and extreme heat are major risk factors to children’s health. Many playgrounds are designed in a way that result in higher air and surface temperatures than the surrounding neighborhood, which is due to the predominant use of heat retaining materials and lack of shade. Few guidelines exist to promote the naturalization of playgrounds and the use of shade, which can result in multiple benefits for children apart from lowering heat and radiant exposures. This research addresses child exposures to extreme heat and UV radiation in outdoor playgrounds in Phoenix, AZ and Lubbock, TX and the influence of bioclimatic landscape design. Multiple types of data (in-situ, personal, survey) are presented related to microclimatic and human activity factors that affect child exposures and perceptions. New sensing technologies offer opportunities to understand exposures and monitor children’s exposures while allowing for safe and active play.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how we can incorporate climate parameters into playground design.
  • Explain why shade and orientation play a key role in extreme heat and radiation exposure.
  • Make a more educated decision with respect to surface types used in playgrounds in a given climate zone.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
  • Jennifer Vanos, Assistant Professor, Departments of Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, & Family Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, UC San Diego
Tags: PPN Hosted
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00

Park Rx America: Doctors Prescribing Parks to Prevent and Treat Chronic Disease - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Apr 27, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Apr 27, 2017 2:00pm

Credits: None available.

Park Rx America (PRA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the burden of chronic disease, increase health and happiness, and foster environmental stewardship, by virtue of prescribing Nature during the routine delivery of healthcare. PRA works closely with managers of publicly-accessible land and water, as well as directly with healthcare providers and their respective organizations, to "make it easy" to prescribe parks and other protected areas to their patients real-time in the clinical practice setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review health reasons to spend time in nature
  • Learn how Park Rx America was planned, developed, and implemented at a "doctor's office."
  • Review recently published data on Park Rx America.
  • Summarize next steps for expansion and research of Park Rx.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Speaker(s):
  • Robert Zarr, MD, MPH, Park Rx Advisor, National Park Service; Staff Pediatrician, Unity Health Care; Founder, ParkRxAmerica.org
Tags: PPN Hosted
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00

San Diego’s First Public Nature Play Area: How Park and Recreation Made it Happen! - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Mar 7, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Mar 7, 2017 2:00pm

Credits: None available.

Children today face two challenges relating to open space and the outdoors: not only are open spaces shrinking, making nature less accessible, but children have lost the freedom to experience nature. Between safety concerns and the increased need to protect natural areas, children are often prohibited from unstructured play in nature.

In efforts to remove these barriers and provide more opportunities for children to access nature, many cities have sought to incorporate nature play areas into parks. Often public agencies and landscape architects are constrained by tight budgets and concerns of liability. Using San Diego’s first public nature exploration area as an example, this presentation will outline how to safely and economically develop innovative nature play sites within public parks. The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department will share methods used, obstacles faced, and lessons learned in implementing the Morley Field Nature Exploration Area.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with how to adapt playground safety standards to nature play areas.
  • Understand strategies for site selection for effective and economical nature play sites.
  • Understand the obstacles and potential solutions in implementing a nature play area.
  • Gain insights into understanding and working with your agency or region's available resources to develop a successful nature play area.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

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

Integrating and Planning for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders in Outdoor Play Environments - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Nov 16, 2016 3:00pm ‐ Nov 16, 2016 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Everyday, each of us makes multiple decisions and interacts with our surroundings based on sensory input from our external environment, which for most, is automatically processed and interpreted. Conventional education teaches there are five sensory systems. In reality there are three more that help us understand and interpret our environment and develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally. These systems include the proprioceptive, vestibular, and interoceptive senses. This session will combine the expertise of occupational therapy and landscape architecture by exploring how appropriate sensory planning in play environments can help children, particularly those with sensory processing disorder, self-regulate and find an equilibrium of sensory input. The concepts of affect attunement, sensory lifestyles, just right stimulation, reflex response, and grasp will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the basic sensory systems and their influence on childhood development.
  • Identify and thoughtfully apply principles of sensory development to play environment design.
  • Understand the fundamentals of how sensory input impacts play behaviors.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this Online Learning presentation.

Moderator(s): Speaker(s):
  • Amy Wagenfeld, Affiliate ASLA, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS, FAOTA, Co-author of Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces, Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University
  • Chad Kennedy, ASLA, P.L.A., CPSI, LEED®AP BD+C, ISA, Principal Landscape Architect, O'Dell Engineering
Tags: PPN Hosted
Standard: $165.00
Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $20.00
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