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ASLA Webinars

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.

Members: $40.00
Associates: $30.00
Students: $0.00
Standard: $50.00


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

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