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:
Coastal Louisiana is a national treasure and one of the most productive estuaries in the world. However, like many areas along our nation’s shores, Louisiana is facing growing threats from climate change, sea level rise, and increasing flood risk. This webinar discusses how Louisiana is addressing this problem through an ecologically-based planning framework described in Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast and is creating a more sustainable coastal landscape and resilient communities through the implementation of large-scale Coastal Ecological Restoration projects. Presenters will discuss ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive statewide planning framework to prioritize restoration and protection projects, as well as site-level planning, design, and implementation of restoration projects in a range of ecologies across the Louisiana coast.
Understand an integrated, systems-based approach to environmental analysis, planning, and design - with emphasis on basin-scale ecosystem restoration.
Become familiar with working in linked socio-ecological systems, the need for interdisciplinary planning teams, and the importance of incorporating holistic ecological, economic, social, and cultural goals, objectives, and performance criteria.
Understand the complexities of implementing large-scale barrier island and marsh creation projects.
Landscape architects hold more power than ever-to foster biodiversity and resilience and tell a compelling story of the landscape and our place in it. By embracing scientific principles and allowing them to inform our work, Biohabitats aims to create robust, dynamic landscapes that go beyond improving quality of life.
Learn how to effect positive environmental change while creating inviting and functional spaces.
Embrace ecological whole-systems thinking and how it informs design projects by opening up a host of opportunities for innovation and inspiration.
Explore how the practice of landscape architecture redefines connections and connectivity from the inside out.
Discover the unique opportunity that science-based design provides for deeper exploration of landscape resilience in the face of climate change, geopolitical unrest, disaster recovery, and planning for sustainability.
There is an emergent landscape being created by petroleum extraction. This is becoming a national landscape issues, yet few landscape architects are involved in policy discussions associated with these mining practices. This session looks at how landscape architects can participate in planning, mitigation, and policy for the current fracking boom.
Learn the basics of the technologies that are driving the current boom in U.S. oil and gas production.
Examine how these technological changes impact land-use patterns, landscapes, and communities.
Understand policy approaches to lessening the impacts of fracking and legal limits on what regulators can demand.
Look at ways that landscape architects can and should be required by law to oversee mitigation of the adverse effects of these extraction techniques.
Learn how the SITES rating system is providing added value to design, management, and maintenance practices of four certified park projects in diverse eco-regions, from an ultra-urban environment and postindustrial waterfront, to large national parks. Panelists will share lessons that informed critical modifications and improvements to the SITES rating system.
Examine lessons learned from the designers of four certified SITES park pilot projects
Gain an understanding of the synergy between LEED and SITES
Understand the projects teams expectations and challenges related to SITES
Expand the use and applicability of the SITES rating system for a wide variety of projects in diverse eco-regions, in both the public and private sector.
A landscape architect, educator, and the Director of Horticulture for a botanical garden will address the process of designing ecologically-based gardens for three native botanic gardens. Learn how the gardens are designed to teach visitors about regional biodiversity, sustainability, and native plants.
Acquire knowledge of how to design ecologically-based gardens and how native plants adapt themselves to specific environments.
Discover herbaceous and ephemeral native plant selections in woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.
Learn how to translate ecological principles into a designed landscape.
Determine methods to educate others about the importance of regional biodiversity within a native garden.
How do we build sustainable landscapes and measure their performance? How do we choose what metrics to study and what methods to use? Senior ecologists will discuss the latest science informing constructing habitats and connective matrixes and propose designed research experiments. Experts will include landscape and community ecologists.
Understand the latest ecological developments in constructed terrestrial habitat patches and ways of promoting ecosystem services.
Integrate experimental research as a design driver into landscape architecture.
Discover how the ecological profession views designed landscapes, and better understand the assumptions and uncertainty associated with ecology.
Establish more effective monitoring strategies to support the Sustainable Sites Initiative™.
Wetlands are critically important-offering solutions to climate change, community resilience, and ecosystem maintenance. Yet restoration projects covering thousands of acres have had mixed success. This session brings you into recent discussions between scientists and practitioners on how to define landscape architects' critical role in improving wetland restoration performance.
Learn what experts know about wetland-restoration failures and the need to rethink how things are done.
Define success objectively to help streamline the process and provide measurable performance metrics.
Gain insight into key ecological and design elements for creating realistic and achievable goals, from permitting through performance monitoring.
Adapt design methods to create natural systems while recognizing the primary role of ecologists to identify and evaluate standards.
Integrating natural systems into urban design is gaining prominence. But what does it take to integrate ecological systems in urban and post-industrial landscape designs? This panel brings together diverse disciplines to discuss key elements, changing trends, lessons learned, and the challenges and joys of collaborating on integrated ecology projects.
Learn about and key components and consideration in integrating natural systems in formal designs.
Learn about the importance, value, and complexities of designed ecologies in landscape design.
Learn about collaborating with ecologists and ecological designers on integrated ecology projects
Learn about challenges and potential failures when designing natural ecologies in urban and postindustrial projects.
Bees, both wild and managed, are vital to sustaining diverse ecosystems and maintaining our food supply, but their populations are dwindling. This session explores local and national plans to integrate pollinator habitat into existing urban and rural frameworks across the U.S.
Highlight pollination issues and propose a treatment to the problem as it relates to planning and landscape architecture
Encourage landscape architects to be involved in local and national policy making
Showcase the importance of forging political partnerships to encourage ecological design
Educate the professional community on advances and partnerships within the landscape architecture community
Metropolitan Park in Athens, Greece, at 500 acres, will be the largest contemporary urban park in Europe. Part of an icon, this park has one of the greatest settings on earth—the cradle of Western civilization. Incredible archeology, culture, and ecology are the foundations for this truly Greek park.
Learn about programming and design in a complex urban context in a culture without a tradition of large urban parks.
Understand the site’s technical challenges, especially building over an abandoned airport and a site with historic and contemporary (2004 Olympic facility) ruins.
Learn how construction of the park in phases occurs in tandem with adjacent development. Strategies to share cut and fill includes phasing and brownfield mitigation measures.
Examine the role of the landscape architect as part of a complex international design team.