Broaden your knowledge and gain a greater awareness of issues related to plants and planting design including horticulture, soil management, and ecological concerns. Best practices will be shared on critical topics including:
Learn about the innovative strategies implemented to transform a former cemetery dumpsite into a natural burial cemetery. The project design team used a fresh design approach which is in stark contrast to traditional industry standards for burial and perpetual care. In 2018, this new cemetery site was the first cemetery to receive SITES certification and only the 8th in the country to receive SITES Gold certification. Get an in-depth look at individual SITES v2 pre-requisites and credits attained by the project and learn about the certification process and working with GBCI to navigate your project from registration through final review.
The GBCI course ID for this course is 920019137, 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.
Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Identify the pre-requisites necessary for SITES certification.
Participants will learn about the stormwater and planting design elements implemented to achieve SITES certification, and how other projects may potentially follow the green design criteria necessary to achieve SITES certification.
Identify projects that are suitable for SITES Certification.
Participants will learn how Nature’s sanctuary utilized salvaged, recycled and locally sourced materials to earn credits toward SITES certification, and apply similar techniques to their own projects.
There is a soil–plant continuum—an ecological symbiosis—that is essential for the growth and sustainability of all vegetation. Healthy plants and soil are inseparable and exist as one living system. This session will demonstrate how soil principles are essential components of the landscape system.
Understand why soil physical structure, chemistry, and biology work together to support planned vegetation (and why they may differ between various plant communities).
Understand how climate interacts with plants and soil to contribute to and build the health of the soil and vegetation system, using the plant as the "power plant.'
How small- to large-budget projects benefit from simple soil-plant strategies to increase landscape success, and how standard practices and today’s technology are used to monitor success of the soil-plant system
Learn why it is important to work with contractors to understand the system prior to bidding and execution of the contract.
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.
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.
Soil is the living skin of our planet. As we’ve shaped it to our needs, we’ve often forgotten how essential it is for our survival. This session will review the complexity of soil ecosystems and frame the importance of soil in green infrastructure, urban landscapes, and the SITES Rating System
Describe the fundamental importance of soil in site design.
Understand the importance of structural soils in ensuring better living conditions and therefore in advancing the development of successful urban landscapes and streetscapes.
Discuss the soil testing requirements outlined in the SITES v2 Rating System.
Describe the beneficial relationship between soil, vegetation and hydrology for promoting resilience.
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?
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.
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.
Examining the art, science, theory, and practicality of the new planting design revolution, this session demonstrates how low-input, high-impact planting design creates beautiful, dynamic, and sustainable urban public landscapes, full of visual delight and biodiversity, using the Plant Community-based approach. This session will be illustrated with case studies from Europe and North America.
Provide a cross-cultural perspective of the challenges of public realm planting and explore new opportunities for design.
Understand how plants in the wild form resilient, adaptive communities and how this knowledge can inform design.
Examine scientific research about creating and managing rich naturalistic herbaceous plant communities for use in urban greenspace.
Explore a range of high-profile public projects where this research has been successfully implemented, and extract practical principles for designers to create low-input, high-impact public planting.
Landscape architects have much to consider when developing, implementing, and managing a planting installation. This panel explores nursery practices, plant root structures, the interface between an imported plant and the site, construction oversight, and post-completion management.
Examine nursery practices and the seven common issues to consider when selecting plant materials.
Discuss the resilience of root systems and how to set a path to longer-term plant health.
Review the challenges of construction oversight and how to minimize problems and misunderstandings.
Explore the challenges of post-completion management and maintenance, and how to improve institutional memory.
The SITES® Rating System is administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premiere organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. The material on which the SITES Rating System is based was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects Fund, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.
This SITES® AP exam series was developed based off of the information found in the SITES Reference Guide. It is a study tool only and not to be solely utilized for exam preparation. It was not developed based off the actual exam. Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), who is preparing and administering the SITES AP exam, has recommended that all test takers study the Reference Guide and all references to prepare for the SITES AP exam. This webinar reviews Section 4: Site Design - Soil + Vegetation.
Innovators look towards natural ecology as a source for inspiration in the urban environment. As designers, we are attempting to identify connections between biomimicry, inspiration from nature, ecological design principles and biophilia, human beneficial connection, and love of nature. The aim is to establish a relationship between ecological principles of landscape configuration and biophilic patterns currently existing in urban areas.
Focusing on existing public parks and plazas within five European cities, patterns of biophilia were correlated against landscape configuration characteristics and principal components were extracted. Statistical analysis attempts to explain the identified relationships between public spaces and natural patterns, as well as conditions which are conducive to both human and biological life, biophilic patterns, and cultural appreciation for nature. The comparison: 1) illustrate how natural features are visually, physically, and spatially portrayed in the current built environment and 2) promote integration of natural ecosystems into urban culture.
Learn how existing urban landscapes utilize ecological patterns, including biophilia and landscape configuration in their designs.
Learn about the potential benefits of integrating biophilia, biomimicry and landscape configuration into the built environment.
Learn a method to distinguish existing and design complex spatial landscape dynamics into the urban environment (for human and ecological benefit, through the development of biophilic patterns).
We’ve seen the headlines. Bee communities, both wild and managed, are struggling. Habitat loss has been identified as one of the main factors attributing to their decline, making the restoration of pollinator habitat a nation-wide priority. Landscape architects have the opportunity to play an important role in bringing back our pollinators—choosing the best plants for pollinators and designing with them effectively. Scientist and Landscape Designer Annie White will share her experiences studying the fascinating ways in which plants and pollinators interact in designed landscapes. She’ll discuss the best types of plants for pollinators and tips for designing with them. Annie will also discuss her groundbreaking research on pollinator preferences for native plant species versus native cultivars.
Become familiar with the fundamentals of how plants and pollinators interact in the landscape.
Understand some of the benefits and trade-offs of using native, near-native, native cultivar, and non-native plants in pollinator-friendly planting designs.
Understand basic approaches for designing landscapes that balance aesthetics with maximizing habitat for pollinators.