ASLA Research Reports


The American Society of Landscape Architects publishes ASLA Research Reports as a platform for professionals to share specialized expertise relating to landscape architecture. ASLA considers Research Reports to be important contributions to a necessary and ongoing dialogue within a large and diverse community of landscape architecture researchers and practitioners. ASLA oversees a peer review process for all reports to ensure accuracy of content. Each author offers a unique perspective on the practice area covered, reflecting his or her portfolio of professional experiences.

Each report also enables readers to earn Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)-approved professional development hours (PDH) by completing and passing a self-study exam.

ASLA members may download reports for free on asla.org and purchase access to the exams to earn PDH here on learn.asla.org. Non-members may purchase access to reports and exams here on learn.asla.org.


Sessions

Smart Policies for a Changing Climate Case Studies - 2.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)


Credits: None available.

In 2017 ASLA convened a Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience, during which landscape architects and experts from affiliated professions outlined policies that help or hinder community resilience and adaptation to climate impacts. The result was the ASLA Smart Policies for a Changing Climate report and online exhibition, which now includes thirty case studies. These projects demonstrate how landscape architects are designing smart solutions to climate impacts, such as flooding, extreme heat, drought, and sea level rise, and exemplify best practice approaches to landscape architecture in the era of climate change. The projects include a mix of landscape-based and often nature-based solutions across the U.S., which range in scale from residential and school landscapes to master plans for entire cities and counties. There is also a focus on projects that address climate injustices and meet the needs of historically-marginalized and underserved communities.

To earn Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™)-approved professional development hours (PDH), please read all the content for the thirty case studies on the Smart Policies for a Changing Climate website, climate.asla.org. Then, complete the quiz under the CE Information tab to demonstrate you have read all the case studies and earn your PDH.

Please complete a brief evaluation of this ASLA Research Report.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how climate change is intensifying the negative impacts of standard development practices.
  • Learn about policy and regulatory approaches that successfully incentivize green infrastructure investment in public and private properties.
  • Learn about how walkable, transit-oriented developments can be planned and designed to enhance resilience and ecosystem benefits.
Members: $60.00
Associates: $50.00
Standard: $70.00

Forum on Therapeutic Garden Design - 3.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW)


Credits: None available.

The Forum on Therapeutic Landscapes discusses the practice of creating landscapes to support human health and well-being. Authors explore how this practice area, rooted deeply in tradition, is evolving to meet modern needs arising from various life circumstances. Successful designs and the process to create them vary according to the special needs of user groups. Readers will learn how therapeutic landscapes provide benefits to all humans, both in clinical and institutional settings and in the matrix of everyday life.

Published in 2011

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Authors:

Marni Barnes, ASLA; Jack Carman, FASLA; Nancy Carman; Nancy Chambers; Clare Cooper Marcus, Honorary ASLA; Nilda G. Cosco, Affiliate ASLA; Mark Epstein, ASLA; Sonja Johansson, FASLA; Jean Stephans Kavanagh, FASLA; Don Luymes; Patrick F. Mooney, ASLA; and Robin C. Moore, Affiliate ASLA

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how older adults can derive tremendous benefit from a therapeutic garden or thoughtfully planned landscape.
  • Learn how a well-planned garden can offer familiarity, stress reduction and a sense of safety and hopefulness for patients, family members and healthcare providers.
  • Learn how natural landscapes have been shown to provide a "positive distraction" from stress.

Associates: $80.00
Members: $90.00
Standard: $100.00

Planting Soils for Landscape Architectural Projects - 3.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)


Credits: None available.

This technical report, written by Barrett L. Kays, FASLA, teaches and demonstrates how to apply modern soil science techniques to create the best possible soils for landscape plants and the environment. The manual presents important soil concepts and how they should be applied to the design of soils for both small and large landscape architectural projects. The publication is intended as a resource for independent study and to improve landscape architects’ understanding of soils and how to effectively manage soils on their projects.

Published in 2013

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Author:

  • Barrett L. Kays, FASLA

Learning objectives:

  • Learn soil physical and chemical concepts that are important to landscape architects.
  • Learn ways landscape architects can restore and amend on-site soils.
  • Learn how landscape architects can solve difficult soil problems.
  • Learn how landscape architects should prepare soil plans and specifications.

Associates: $70.00
Members: $80.00
Standard: $90.00

Wayfinding: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition - 2.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)


Credits: None available.

David Raphael, ASLA, provides landscape architects with concepts and tools for planning, designing, and implementing wayfinding and public information systems. Topics include the origins of wayfinding, its components, human factors, the design process, recent innovations, and a sampling of wayfinding systems. Attention is given to the skills that landscape architects bring to the process of designing these systems. Throughout the publication, photographs and other images illustrate and reinforce the concepts presented.

Published in 2013

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Author:

  • David Raphael, ASLA

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the origins basics of wayfinding and its connection to landscape architecture.
  • Understand the human factors in the design of a wayfinding system.
  • Understand the basics to creating a wayfinding program, including design, construction, materials, fabrication, and regulations.
  • Become familiar with examples of successful wayfinding systems.

Associates: $50.00
Members: $60.00
Standard: $70.00

Integrating BIM Technology into Landscape Architecture, 2nd Edition - 3.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)


Credits: None available.

This report addresses Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM provides a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility. It allows the creation of detailed 3D models that can simplify the process of designing complex spaces. While BIM currently is used primarily in the building industry, it can be employed in many other disciplines, including landscape architecture. The report discusses how BIM works, current applications and projects, and how it can be adapted to a variety of sites. It provides practical information on how landscape architects can adapt BIM to fit their specific needs.

Published in 2014

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Author:

  • James L. Sipes, ASLA

Learning objectives:

  • Learn basic principles of Building Information Modeling.
  • Learn how BIM allows the creation of detailed 3D models to simplify the process of designing complex spaces.
  • Learn practical information on how landscape architects can adapt BIM to fit specific needs.

Associates: $70.00
Members: $80.00
Standard: $90.00

Suburban Street Stormwater Retrofitting: An Introduction to Improving Residential Rights-of-Way - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW)


Credits: None available.

This report introduces readers to design and implementation strategies for stormwater retrofitting within suburban street rights-of-way. Street stormwater retrofitting is a green street design approach that embraces low impact development (LID) principles to treat stormwater runoff within the paved areas of existing roadways. In essence, street stormwater retrofits mimic the function of natural systems to mitigate the potentially harmful effects to water and air quality that streets can present. Depending upon their extent within the built environment, street stormwater retrofits can perform these functions across a variety of scales and have the potential to greatly affect positive environmental change when implemented across large areas. In addition to promoting responsible and healthy stormwater management practices, these green infrastructure amenities offer residential communities a wide array of benefits including neighborhood beautification, vehicular traffic calming, and pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Published in 2015

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Authors:

  • Andrew Fox, ASLA, PLA
  • Jim Cooper, ASLA, PWS

Learning objectives:

  • Appreciate the issues, impacts, and consequences of overly auto-dominated residential streets.
  • Identify essential criteria to study and assess the applicability of street stormwater retrofitting within potential candidate neighborhoods and streets.
  • Understand basic street stormwater retrofitting conditions, considerations, and standards.
  • Recognize primary regulatory and programmatic water quality drivers that guide, support, and enhance street stormwater retrofitting activities.

Associates: $40.00
Members: $50.00
Standard: $60.00

A Landscape Performance + Metrics Primer for Landscape Architects: Measuring Landscape Performance on the Ground - 3.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)


Credits: None available.

Landscape architecture is at a pivotal moment in its history as a discipline, where design practice is becoming more reflective, adaptive, and scholarly. As the need for sustainable design grows, it has become imperative that professionals put their work under analytical review and set higher standards for their work to perform environmentally, socially, and economically. The field looks more to the integration of research and scholarly inquiry in design as a solution to this growing need for high-performance landscapes. While the concept of landscape performance assessment is gaining attention within the field, the availability of time, resources, and technical expertise remains an obstacle for many designers in evaluating built work. More in-depth research investigations are best left to academics and scientists, but methods exist that every landscape architect can use to assess the performance of their own work for use throughout the planning, design, construction, and post-occupancy phases. This paper aims to provide an introduction to these metrics and methods that can be applied in the field.

The GBCI course ID for this course is 0920018252, 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 https://sitesonline.usgbc.org.

Published in 2018

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Author:

  • Emily McCoy, ASLA

Learning objectives:

  • Identify standardized methods for data collection for use in quantifying landscape performance benefits for environmental, socio-cultural, and economic performance.
  • Quantify the impact of landscape architecture projects on ecosystem and social services that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • Identify data collection tools that can be employed at various stages in the design process, providing information that improves design and management of the landscape to maintain or improve performance over time.

Associates: $70.00
Members: $80.00
Standard: $90.00