Explore how ecologically-based land planning, design restoration, and management create functional and resilient landscapes that address landscape, ecosystem, and human community needs. Critical topic areas include:
Pollinators are an imperative part of biodiversity and also vital to our well-being by contributing to one-third of global food production. Their populations and habitats are sharply declining. This presentation explores how pollinators can be supported at multiple scales by the collective effort between conservation ecologists and landscape architects. Join us to learn about the importance of understanding your ecoregion, ways to identify research opportunities, and how to develop a design strategy that includes foraging resources, safe locations, and materials shelter/nesting sites (or host plants for butterflies and moths—Lepidoptera).
Identify current trends and major threats relating to pollinator populations and habitat.
Know the critical elements and key resources needed for the habitat preservation of pollinators with an emphasis on bees and lepidoptera.
Recognize how the work of landscape architects can contribute to the preservation and creation of pollinator habitat.
Strategies for implementing pollinator habitat at various scales.
Gain insight from lessons learned through practice.
Hosted by the ASLA Ecology and Restoration Professional Practice Network (PPN)
Integrating ecological restoration science with the design of cultural landscapes requires a multidisciplinary approach, a project team able to combine spacemaking and science, project programming and ecosystem function, aesthetics and biodiversity. This session examines how the tools and practice techniques from design and restoration ecology influence project goals and outcomes. Learning Objectives:
Learn how conventional landscape architecture practices and landscape management frameworks prohibit the development of ecologically based, regenerative, self-organizing landscapes.
Learn tools and techniques from restoration ecology practice that support natural plant reproduction and the establishment of self-organizing landscapes.
Learn which design methods advance the biodiversity of pollinators on the landscapes.
How can education and outreach improve successful outcomes for natural systems based landscape design?
With the recent disasters of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey, as well as the California Thomas fire, there has never been a greater imperative to plan with nature. What is the role of nature in the city? Speakers will offer diverse perspectives to explore this important topic. Learning Objectives:
Understand two concepts: First, the idea of nature IN the city. Second, the concept of an Ecology OF the city. The latter considers cities as biological creations and evolutionary adaptation.
Learn best practices in integrating the environment into the urban fabric.
Consider the short and long-term impacts of catastrophic Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Harvey and other extreme climate events and recognize the urgent need to plan with nature.
Understand the ecological concept of disturbance patch dynamics and its implication of city planners. What regulatory regime is appropriate if cities are dynamic organisms in constant flux?
In many cities, the threshold between land and sea is abrupt and impenetrable. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is no exception. A new paradigm is emerging motivated by aquatic conservation and social justice. This session looks at design interventions that are transforming human and ecological interactions across the divide.
Participants will learn about the key design drivers and factors that contribute to ecological health in sensitive shoreline environments.
Presenters will share strategies designers can use to collaborate with scientists and other non-designers to frame experiments and develop prototypes that test ideas and collect data.
Prototyping tests ideas for fine-tuning before scaling-up. Participants will learn how the design process can be structured to allow adaptation of design concepts in response to discovery.
Placemaking is an underlying goal of all landscape architecture, so participants will learn how ecological visioning plays a constructive role in unlocking the transformative potential of existing sites.
Restoring degraded landscapes often brings both surprises and disappointments. While some changes become apparent after the first year or two of interventions, working on restorations for a decade or more provides valuable lessons and insights for the practice of ecological restoration. The leaders of this webinar have had the opportunity to work on long-term restorations in a city’s natural areas program and a university botanical gardens and arboretum and will share lessons they have learned over 20-30 years of practice. Topics will cover the detective work in learning a site’s history and potential for restoration, developing restoration targets and realistic expectations, creating the mechanisms for carrying out a restoration, and committing to the long-term needs of a restoration project. Emphasis will be on terrestrial ecosystems of the upper Midwest—namely prairies, oak openings, and woodlands.
Identify background information needed about a site and its history (especially related to plants, soils, and hydrology) before beginning planning a restoration
Understand criteria for setting restoration targets and planning a restoration process
Understand the need for evaluation and the commitment needed for restoration success
This session explores the multifaceted strategies for urban forest management. Panelists will expand on the significant value of urban forests, including increased property values, energy conservation, stormwater treatment, air pollution reduction, and wildlife habitat. They will also discuss real-world solutions for preservation, planning, and maintenance to replenish aging urban forests.
Learn how urban forests contribute to the history, functionality, and sustainability of a city or a campus.
Understand the challenges and successes of maintaining urban forests.
Gain insight into the landscape architect’s role in preserving urban forests alongside visionary clients.
Examine strategies for reducing water load, increasing native landscape materials, and saving money for cities and campuses.
Building on the trend of appropriating agricultural patterns and techniques in contemporary design, landscape architects could go further toward more significant engagement with productive landscapes. This panel will discuss three case studies across the Americas that redefine design and conservation approaches by weaving altered ecosystems with traditional agricultural practices.
Understand how a reframing of productive landscapes as novel ecosystems is driving new approaches to conservation and land planning.
Compare and contrast how these case studies address related landscape conservation challenges in different geographic contexts across the Americas.
Explore the role of landscape architects in heritage conservation, land management, and urban development.
Discuss with the panelists the expanded definition of landscape conservation today.
Professionals working on waterfront projects face unprecedented changing conditions and are charged with addressing uncertainty and widespread habitat loss through adaptive solutions. This session, presented using stimulating graphics and data, examines varied projects testing innovative solutions for adaptation, habitat creation, and resilience as a new model for coastal development.
Understand the efficacy, impacts, and benefits of living shorelines and supernatural shorelines.
Explore the trends of living shoreline projects throughout the United States, and how living shorelines can enable coastal adaptation and shoreline resilience.
Gain insight into the regulatory frameworks and funding mechanisms for living shoreline implementation.
Learn about new, innovative models for resilient urban coastal development and adaptation.
With the proliferation of urban development in coastal cities, landscape architects have an opportunity to design urban infrastructure in a way that can simultaneously bolster aquatic habitat and create great public space. This session compares three case studies: Chicago Riverwalk, Elliott Bay Seawall, and Rebuild by Design: Living Breakwaters.
Discuss the relationship between open space design and essential aquatic habitat.
Examine the responsibility landscape architects have in supporting marine environments in coastal and shoreline development/redevelopment.
Compare alternative or innovative design methods to enhance or restore aquatic habitat and fish vitality in urban waterways.
Understand the importance of collaboration between the designer, ecologist, and engineer to create urban aquatic habitat.
Rana Creek is a renowned ecological design firm specializing in landscape architecture, environmental planning, native plant propagation, landscape construction, and habitat restoration. This diverse team believes passionately in the mission to design and build landscapes that connect people, places, culture, and ecology.
Learn about the history and evolution of Rana Creek as a longstanding pioneer in ecological design.
Study how the structure of a firm can enable its design ethic.
Glean knowledge from both successes and failures in living systems integration.
Understand the pros and cons of working as a small yet diverse firm.