Throughout southeastern Massachusetts, working cranberry bogs are being abandoned or retired as cranberries are being grown more cost-effectively elsewhere in the U.S. and around the world. As cranberry farms were developed within former wetlands and along stream channels, they have been described as one of the leading factors in the loss of wetland function within the state. Retiring cranberry farms provides an opportunity to reclaim these wetlands and rescue these lands after hundreds of years of post-colonial impacts. These restored wetlands provide increased aquatic and terrestrial habitat, improved ecosystem functions, improved water quality, improved fish passage, and climate resiliency. This method of restoration also provides a model or restoration of other farmland in former inland or coastal wetlands. We will discuss the restoration opportunities and design elements, the linkages and working relationships with landscape architecture and site experience, and potentially view active construction activities on a former cranberry bog in southeastern Massachusetts.
At the end of course participants will be able to:
Describe how the cranberry bogs developed into the form they are today when actively being farmed.
Define the impacts and stressors that this agriculture has on the streams, wetlands, and ecosystems.
Identify and describe multiple restoration techniques and the linkages between the restored ecology and the viewer experience.
This panel introduces leading voices who employ design activism in their work within black and immigrant communities in the United States. Participants will learn about how community design processes can be employed to celebrate the outstanding historical and cultural contribution of black and immigrant communities.
Understand the importance of design activism and its critical role in an increasingly multicultural, multiracial United States.
Understand how to both authentically engage and work as partners with black and immigrant communities in the public space design process.
Learn about unique public space design features advocated for by black and immigrant communities, and the role of landscape designers in making community ideas a reality.
Learn what neighborhood advocacy could look like after designing and opening a public space, to both ensure its success and address neighborhood-wide systems change.
Jose Gutierrez, ASLA, Community Organizer, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
In cities across the country, civic leaders and designers are reimagining public assets such as parks, libraries, and trails to promote more engaged, equitable, and resilient communities. Learn how practitioners in Akron, Detroit, and Memphis are advancing social outcomes through new approaches to the design and management of public spaces.
Gain knowledge of a set of principles for advancing social outcomes through public space design and management.
Discover how practitioners in different sectors and cities are using design of public space to advance engagement, equity, and resilience.
Explore how the design of public assets such as parks, libraries, and trails works in tandem with innovative management practices to advance community outcomes.
Consider how your own design work might advance important social outcomes in communities where you work.
Alexa Bush, ASLA, Urban Design Director - East Region, City of Detroit
Urban heat islands, extreme heat events, and climate change are exacerbating high temperatures on urban sites. To design for outdoor thermal comfort increasingly requires an understanding of region, heat generation at different scales, and barriers to shade creation. Join researchers from three firms to explore analyses, mitigation, and adaptation strategies.
Learn urban heat mitigation and adaptation strategies for design that shift microclimates and improve thermal comfort in the Sun Belt and the Northeast.
Understand the different heat issues and strategies at the site, district, and city scale and for high-humidity and low-humidity regions.
Explore barriers to shade creation in the public realm.
Discover which methods practice-based researchers use to analyze and study urban heat and shade.
Climate resilience and social justice have become issues central to the landscape architecture profession. However, opportunities to pursue careers outside mainstream practices to address these issues remained limited. This session provides insights from award-winning professionals who have pursued alternative careers, as well as opportunities within the current model of practice.
Explore ways that the profession of landscape architecture can play a more active role in addressing important challenges of climate change and socioeconomic disparity.
Learn from innovative models of alternative practices.
Learn about ways to embed innovative approaches in existing practice.
Explore opportunities and challenges for transforming the current practices of landscape architecture.
On sites dominated by infrastructure and impervious surfaces, landscape architects are expected to create successfully integrated, ecologically rich environments. Through a diverse selection of projects, this session will discuss how practitioners can design, implement, and advocate for resilient landscapes in spaces where ecology is feared, considered as an afterthought, or ignored altogether.
Examine current strategies for developing ecologies and increasing ecosystem services through successful horticulture and planting design in harsh urban environments and areas that are not hospitable to vegetation.
Understand the benefits and challenges of successional planting design and utilizing plant communities in landscapes dominated by transportation and infrastructure, as a functional, resilient, and sustainable approach.
Learn about opportunities of performative planting as a critical component to green infrastructure and stormwater management in climate-vulnerable landscapes, and the advantages of increasing pervious surfaces in urban areas.
Gain insight into project-based social, environmental, and economic considerations of incremental and large-scale sustainable planting design striving for big impacts and demanding a rebalance of ecology and infrastructure.
How is your firm addressing Diversity and Inclusion? For those seeking leadership opportunities, what does it take to be visible? How does EQ and the concept of "authentic self" contribute to the discussion. This session poses the question: Is it Push or Pull that generates equity in emerging leaders?
Attendees are invited to continue the conversation with panelists immediately following the session.
Understand who can become a Leader—the results-based model.
Learn how company culture and management commitment impact diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Understand the Skills Curve in moving up the Career Ladder : technical vs. people skills and how this impacts the identification of emerging diverse leaders in the firm.
Understand the importance of being our "authentic self" as a precursor to positions of leadership for a diverse workforce.
How can landscape architects broaden their knowledge and prepare to lead climate change migration projects? Learn how diverse practitioners work collaboratively to challenge and deepen the integrity of climate-induced relocation as they reflect on their work with residents in resettling the Isle de Jean Charles community in southern Louisiana.
Attendees are invited to continue the conversation with panelists immediately following the session.
Learn how landscape architects are uniquely suited to lead, coordinate, and support comprehensive climate migration projects as a part of a holistic team.
Outline disciplines that design professionals can tap to fill gaps in our areas of expertise to render more meaningful and transformative design solutions that reduce environmental, social, and economic vulnerabilities.
Explore interdisciplinary partnerships that challenge and deepen the integrity of community engagement in the design processes.
Understand both the physical and social complexities of planning with a community for migration.
Mrs. Haley Blakeman, FASLA, Assistant Professor, LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture
The Chattahoochee RiverLands is a legacy project to reunite Metro Atlanta with its hidden river: the Chattahoochee. Hear from a landscape architect, an ecologist, and an environmental health scientist on the challenges of building an equitable and ecologically sound vision for a 100-mile-long trail along this urban waterway with a divisive past.
Learn about the challenges and complexities of organizing a multi-disciplinary design team in an urban watershed crossing multiple municipal jurisdictions and including private, federal, state, and city-owned land.
Learn new digital and physical strategies for engaging large numbers of people across different municipal boundaries to provide specific and meaningful feedback on a design proposal.
Learn strategies for addressing issues of equity, gentrification, how to co-design with historically underserved communities, and how targeted events, including youth, can enrich design and cultivate new project stewards.
Learn how ecological analyses can inform planning and design of recreational trail systems through the creation of spatial analysis toolkits.
Bringing to bear the resilience of a culturally phenomenal people , these socially conscious landscape practitioners expand the utility of our profession to impact some of the most vulnerable communities in the USA and abroad. They share experiences of success to forge collective transformations in communities they serve.
Discover how important a cultural consciousness is, why it matters, and how it contributes to educating people about the profession.
Explore the various cultural resources that are available and to employ them to create a sound strategy to build great cultural consciousness.
Understand aspects of black life and history relevant to landscape architecture and how these insights foster equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the profession and communities we serve.
Learn tips for mentorship, networking, and employing black cultural consciousness to transform the trajectory of our profession to be as relevant, impactful, and empowering for communities to have greater resilience.
Dr. Douglas Williams, ASLA, LEED Green Associate, organizational capacity builder, AmeriCorps V.I.S.T.A.