The Architect’s Newspaper is bringing back its Outdoor Spaces virtual conference on April 27. Featuring cutting-edge projects in landscape architecture, the event will highlight issues related to ecology, sustainability, public space, and urban planning, as well as new technological developments in design. Click here to view additional conference information and register. ASLA Members receive 20% off registration! Use code ASLA.
Streetscapes for Wellness
The program will begin with a presentation on the NYC Public Design Commission’s new report, Designing New York: Streetscapes for Wellness. Jenna E. Miller, deputy director of urban design and policy at the Public Design Commission, was the project lead and author of the new report. She will present her findings and design recommendations, which focus on making New York’s streetscape more attuned to the demands of public health, mental wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and longevity.
Mette Skjold: Nature-based Design at SLA
Mette Skjold, partner and CEO of SLA, will present the keynote address. Covering SLA’s latest projects in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Abu Dhabi, Skjold will showcase how these projects use the latest landscape design approaches to improve quality of life and enhance biodiversity in urban environments. With over 20 years of experience in landscape architecture, Skjold will share invaluable knowledge for audience members looking for new ways to incorporate sustainability and social responsibility into their design practice.
Hudson Square: A Pedestrian Scale Masterplan
Signe Nielsen, principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, will discuss the transformation of Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood. The project, which was originally conceived in 2012, officially wrapped up last year and introduced several pedestrian-friendly areas to the neighborhood. These include Spring Street Park, Freeman Plaza East and West, and the Hudson Square Streetscape Standard, in addition to the rehabilitation of Hudson Street. Timothy Schuler, contributing editor for Landscape Architecture Magazine, will moderate the conversation.
Re-envisioning Dealey Plaza / Martyr’s Park
At the invitation of Mark Lamster, architectural critic for The Dallas Morning News, Chris Reed, founding partner at STOSS, and Monica Ponce de Leon, founding principal of MPdL Studio and dean of Princeton University School of Architecture, created a proposal for the redesign of Dealey Plaza and the nearby Triple Underpass beneath I-35 East. Lamster and Reed will present the design at Outdoor Spaces. Dealey Plaza is a site of historical significance as the location of the JFK assassination, and its neighbor, the yet unbuilt Martyr’s Park, will remember the victims of lynchings in Dallas—including three slaves who were hanged near the site of the current plaza in 1860. The ambitious proposal would make the area more accessible to pedestrians, utilizing the site’s location as a gateway and urban thoroughfare between Downtown Dallas and the proposed Trinity Park.
Vision Through Process: Creating a New Waterfront Plan for Middletown, Connecticut
This panel will use a waterfront redevelopment plan in Middletown, Connecticut as a case study to help design teams create actionable and flexible urban plans that respond to market conditions, site constraints, and community needs. Mike Aziz, partner at Cooper Robertson; Alexandra Sutherland-Brown, principal at Karp Strategies; and Marek Kozikowski, director of land use in Middletown Connecticut; will unpack the numerous delays and failed plans that have prevented the redesign of the 200-acre site for decades and focus on their new plan to reimagine the area.
Lead Image courtesy of SLA
Here are the winners of the 5th Annual Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture presented by Land8 and the American Society of Landscape Architects! Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 and ASLA believe industry leaders in social media should be recognized and promoted. Be sure to follow the winners to help grow and promote the profession!
Top 10 Social Media Accounts – LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FIRMS
1. TBG Partners – Instagram
At TBG, we use our Instagram to promote the practice of landscape architecture by sharing a behind the scenes look at our design process. With a mix of hand-drawings, diagrams, renderings, and built photos, we believe it’s important to showcase each phase of our work and make a concerted effort to explain the “why” so each element can be understood by those outside the industry. We share our work with the hope of inspiring others while also celebrating the work of our designers.
2. Wiktor Kłyk Landscaping – Instagram
My primary goal is to show landscape architecture as an art that evokes emotions. Variable art that can surround us and enrich us every day. It is also a source where I have the opportunity to receive the extensive feedback I need as an artist to grow. “The projects I show reflect my perception of landscape architecture. I grew up in Polish postmodernism deeply immersed in lush nature. I was influenced by raw buildings surrounded by spontaneously sown meadows.”
3. EDSA – Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
We focused on making an impact in 2022 – within our communities, workplace and the profession. Through month-long features – like our campaign for World Landscape Architecture Month, we were able to focus on designing for the greater good, highlighting the people, projects and programs that have shaped the industry while providing a platform for initiatives that share our common goal. We also highlighted our people by celebrating AAPI Pacific Heritage Month, Pride, Pronouns Day, IWD and more.
4. Asakura Robinson – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
Asakura Robinson engages followers by creating posts that promote, support and educate all on the art of landscape architecture, equity and sustainable practices. The environments and communities we impact take center stage as we celebrate the people / places that make our industry thrive. Our firm shares quality content that entices readers to engage with us. Much like our core beliefs, we value the ability of public participation alongside our projects, creating space that encourages interaction.
5. Damon Farber Landscape Architects – Instagram
Damon Farber Landscape Architects uses social media to inspire, educate, and engage the public and communities that they serve. Their approach is free form, keeping up with what is currently happening in their work, culture, and the industry as a whole. DF/ uses this interface to display community engagement processes, design iteration, construction phases, and the celebration of built landscapes. Their social media approach reflects its people, full of variety, curiosity and passion.
6. dwg. – Instagram | LinkedIn
With the goal of educating and inspiring, we go beyond presenting the beauty of completed work to reveal the process required to achieve a vision. From soil science to tree relocation to AI experimentation, we showcased the behind-the-scenes work we do to improve our discipline. Our staff shared their experiences investigating dwg.’s own built work as well as landscapes explored on our travels, informing people within and outside the industry about the value of landscape architecture.
7. MRWM Landscape Architects – Instagram | LinkedIn
MRWM Landscape Architects uses social media to promote landscape architecture in a way that is accessible and informative. It provides the unique occasion to inform and inspire with the swipe of a finger, so we leverage this opportunity to showcase the profession’s many facets. Whether it’s a conceptual sketch, a construction site, a learning opportunity, or a platform to introduce our talented team, we see social media as one of our best tools to prove how important landscape architecture is.
8. Arterial – Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | TikTok
Our goal is to show how Landscape Architecture is intrinsically embedded into our everyday life and social interactions, and can spark interest and conversations. We share our knowledge and experience because we want our craft to be well understood so that people have informed opinions and can participate in the development of their own environments. We like to show what’s possible by sharing useful tips, achievements, facts, behind-the-scene glimpses, and more. Our memes are also pretty sweet!
9. NAK Design Strategies – Instagram | LinkedIn
NAK uses their social media platforms to engage and connect with industry professionals, students, and the general public. They utilize various platforms as an effective and engaging way to broaden the general understanding of what landscape architects do. Staff features, videos, and finished work are shared weekly with the goal of broadening awareness of the profession.
10. Pellettieri Associates, Inc. – Instagram | Facebook
Our Instagram educates and inspires our followers with many different aspects of landscape architecture. From planting tips to winter care for walkways, we keep our captions short and concise, in hopes of helping others maintain and improve their own landscapes. The best way to promote our industry is by encouraging others to grow their appreciation and love for their natural outdoor spaces. We use our Facebook page to share our team events and current projects with their friends and family.
Top 10 Social Media Accounts – INDIVIDUAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
1. Carter Roy – YouTube | Instagram | TikTok
I use social media as a platform to teach and explore the world of landscape architecture. Helping students, prospective students and professionals to better understand the field and visualize their future ideas, designs and other endeavors in this great field. Finally, Design It Green hopes to inspire the next generation to improve the environment and promote better health for people and cultures over time.
2. Nate Jaramillo – Instagram
I’m nominating my coworker, Nate Jaramillo, because he does an amazing job promoting landscape architecture on Instagram. He shares compelling images, sketches, and Instagram Reels that show how exciting and rewarding the profession can be. He does a weekly Instagram Live where he shares valuable insights and answers questions about the profession. (Kyle Funk)
3. Eric Arneson – Instagram | YouTube | TikTok
Eric Arneson uses social media to engage with the design community by sharing his process and techniques, and engaging with audiences through memes. He emphasizes the use of new technologies, such as AI, in landscape architecture. He uses platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok as educational tools and aims to increase his social media presence to reach more people and have a greater impact on the profession. [Checkout Eric’s additional Instagram page dedicated to the responsible and transparent uses of Artificial Intelligence in Landscape Architecture]
4. Nahal Sohbati – Instagram
Nahal utilizes Instagram to increase understanding and appreciation of the field. Her platform gives a look into the ebb and flow of her design process. She provides resources pertaining to design, technology, and horticulture, to benefit her fellow professionals and students. At the core of her efforts is the desire to connect with and foster a community of people who like to learn and share, as well as to inspire new enthusiasts to join the world of landscape architecture.
5. Zixu Qiao – Instagram | YouTube
LandSpace Architecture uses its social media platforms to engage and connect with landscape architects, students, and the general public. LandSpace Architecture shares useful tips for landscape architecture students and young professionals on its Instagram and website, and also shares free tutorials on its YouTube channel.
6. Mike Albert – Instagram
Mike’s passion, discipline, humility and his unique and unwavering desire to incorporate solutions that marry human engagement within the natural systems they inhabit is reflected in his diverse Instagram grid. His residential work has earned respect and long-term collaboration with many of the nation’s most progressive architectural design voices. His stunning outdoor spaces he creates to his travels capture his perspective on the power of landscape architecture to shape the world around us.
7. Maci Nelson –Instagram | Podcast
The Landscape Nerd (TLN) is an edutainment podcast/ social media profile for the nerdy side of landscape architecture. TLN was created to spread awareness of the landscape architecture profession and promote conversation across disciplines and industries. Through these platforms, I am bridging the gap between the profession and outside influences that impact our design processes- such as art, music, movies, and travel.
8. Salma Samaha – Instagram
Following the pandemic, I decided to use Instagram to share evidence-based simplified knowledge to empower people for them to request the quality and quantity of outdoor spaces they deserve as a basic right, for a better daily life. The idea is for them to understand that landscape architecture helps build a more equitable, diverse, healthy and sustainable world. This will help them reconnect with their outdoors to fight social isolation and spatial injustice and encourage them to engage in the planning of their surroundings through community-based designs.
9. Kiley Aguar – Instagram
Quintessentiallykiley is a curated page that examines the design of contemporary landscapes, highlighting both ethical practices and critiquing the absurdity in current practices. The page delves deep into the subject matter and offers a unique perspective on the issues and beauty present in landscape architecture today, with a mix of critical analysis and humor.
10. Chloe Gillespie – Instagram | TikTok
I use social media to promote landscape architecture through interviewing landscape architects about their projects from across the country and highlighting the stories behind the projects.
Top 10 Social Media Accounts – ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS
1. Landscape First – Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | LinkedIn
Born as a research project started in 2018, today Landscape First is an online platform that carries out a precise cultural challenge: to show the different facets that landscape can take on and the opportunities it offers us to improve the quality of life of communities and individuals. Our dissemination mission is carried out through our website and social platforms. We support transformation of cities and territories, promoting reuse operations, care of public spaces and urban spaces, etc.
2. Landscape Architecture Foundation – – Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook
As the world increasingly turns to social media for information, LAF uses it to increase the visibility of landscape architects and spur action and support. LAF shares valuable resources; publicizes its research, scholarship, and leadership opportunities; and promotes the far-reaching impacts of the work it supports. By highlighting rising leaders and diverse voices, LAF spurs important conversations and showcases the discipline’s role in addressing issues like climate change and inequity.
3. Urbideias – Instagram
Urbideias offers technical solutions and visual interpretations about urbanism and landscape, in an innovative, soft and didactic way, combining depth, critical perspective and unique visualizations. They seek to positively transform and qualify people’s point of view about the city and landscape. Their main goal is to democratize the content about the city and landscape to many people, at the same time, from different locations, so they can strive for better cities in their own context.
4. Urban Play – Instagram
We work alongside Landscape Architects to transform parks into places that become a community hub that buzz with activity, boost the population of suburbs and empower communities to live happy and healthy lives. We promote landscape architecture through the promotion of these transformations via project images. Through our social media we also offer webinars and research-backed content pieces that educate and empower landscape architects to create well-designed parks.
5. LABash Conference – Instagram | LinkedIn
Each year, the LABash Conference engages, educates, connects, and inspires landscape architecture students around the country on various topics within landscape architecture. Social media posts promote this student-led conference by providing information on registration, funding, speakers, lectures, and activities to build excitement and support for the event. The account is passed along to other universities as a tradition, serving as an archive of past conference hosts
6. The Landscape Library – Instagram | YouTube | Facebook
The Landscape Library uses social media to feature projects and publish landscape-focused articles covering topics such as sustainability, technology, design and gardening while delivering online courses and other resources for professional landscape architects and designers.
7. University of California, Davis Sheepmowers – Instagram
The Sheepscapes Project utilizes grazing landscape management practices to redefine urban landscapes as multifunctional spaces that not only improve health and ecological sustainability, but also contribute to site identity, encourage engagement, and provide opportunities to pilot innovative maintenance operations. The project addresses the question: how can science, design, and practice converge to inform the creation of accessible green spaces that maximize cultural and environmental values?
8. Kansas State University Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning – Instagram | LinkedIn
Kansas State’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning provides the opportunity to engage current and future students, alumni, and professionals around the country through social media. Through Instagram and LinkedIn, we can share the impressive student work and abundance of enriching experiences in all our programs. Our content also highlights the positive influence landscape architects and planners can have in our communities and environments.
9. ASLA-Northern California Chapter – Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn
ASLA-NCC represents 900+ landscape architects along the north coast of California from Monterey to Del Norte Counties. Through social media, we promote our members + their work; celebrate their accomplishments; + connect a diverse + broad chapter by promoting our events, lectures, + tours. Our committees utilize social media to announce initiatives + resources that benefit members + affiliated student chapters. In April, we hosted a 2-week IG takeover leading up to chapter award announcements.
10. Landscape Forms – Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Blog
In social media, Landscape Forms strikes a balance between stunning imagery and thoughtful storytelling. To best represent our industry and inspire our followers, we combine the aesthetically-pleasing promotion of our work with in-depth profiles on our design partners, project features and case studies, pertinent industry information and thought leadership, latest in product design and innovation, and the communication of our culture via employee features and community involvement highlights.
Please visit Land8 again in December 2023 for next year’s call for nominations!
Land8: Landscape Architects Network announces the 5th Annual Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture, co-presented with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Land8 was founded as an online hub for landscape architecture professionals to interact with each other. The following has since grown to an international community of not only landscape architects, but also those interested in learning about the field of landscape architecture. Combined, Land8 and ASLA have nearly 2 million followers across their social media channels. Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 and ASLA believe industry leaders in social media should be recognized and promoted.
Ten (10) awards will be given and ranked in each of the following categories:
Awardees will be featured on a list of “Best Social Media Accounts in Landscape Architecture 2022”, promoted through our extensive network, and our followers will be encouraged to follow the awarded accounts.
Land8 will judge social media accounts on the following: Visual Excellence, Influence, Engagement, and Promotion of Landscape Architecture over the last year. This may include popular platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or blogs. Only public accounts will be considered.
Self nominations are due
January 15, 2022 [extended to Jan. 23] with announcement of winners on or before January 27. Nominations may be submitted from anywhere around the globe.
Here are the winners of the 4th Annual Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture presented by Land8 and the American Society of Landscape Architects! Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 and ASLA believe industry leaders in social media should be recognized and promoted. Be sure to follow the winners to help grow and promote the profession!
Top 10 Social Media Accounts – LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FIRMS
Top 10 Social Media Accounts – INDIVIDUAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
Top 10 Social Media Accounts – ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS
Please visit Land8 again in December 2022 for next year’s call for nominations!
In landscape architecture, many of the available software options seem to specialize in individual areas, requiring an investment in add-ons to enable more holistic workflows. This comes as a sticking point for many landscape architecture firms whose work spans beyond 2D drawings and plans. Vectorworks Landmark is known for being an all-in-one solution, which means landscape architects can work without having to invest in additional software. In this article, you’ll hear from three landscape architects who’ve switched to Vectorworks Landmark and are now benefiting from more streamlined workflows.
The first firm is SiteWorks, who are based in New York City and provide a variety of landscape architecture services, including project scheduling/budgeting and construction implementation.
Next is Surface 678, who have received three awards from the North Carolina ASLA in 2020. Surface 678 works on projects in the academic, cultural, civic, corporate, healthcare, senior living, and recreation markets, and have been using Vectorworks since 2019.
Third is the Idaho-based firm BYLA, who’ve been designing eye-catching outdoor spaces since 2006.
Let’s see why each firm made the switch.
Can you share some workflow pain points you and your firm experienced before Vectorworks Landmark?
Jordan Guerrero, ASLA, AEP, ASLA NY Board Member, Landscape Designer at SiteWorks
We do a lot of cost estimates and takeoffs in our projects, and our previous software wasn’t able to do the kind of digital terrain modeling and cut/fill analysis that we felt was necessary for our documentation needs. Working across multiple platforms to accomplish these things was a definite pain point for us.
Phillip Tripp, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect at Surface 678
We used to work in AutoCAD for black-lined construction drawings and basic color-toned conceptual plans. Over time, as architects and civil engineers started using Revit and Civil 3D, there were layers of complexity and special requests for files in formats best suited for AutoCAD. It never felt as inclusive and coordinated with Revit and Civil 3D as we had hoped.
Scott Lebsack, PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect at BYLA
I came to realize that AutoCAD wasn’t using the resources available in a modern computer. It only allowed me to draft with a set of digital tools that mimicked the physical tools I was familiar with. It only nodded at modeling, which wasn’t easy to use. I tried to use block attributes to create plant schedules and “smart irrigation” blocks, but the tools for creating and interacting with extra data weren’t well implemented and didn’t seem to be encouraged.
Why did you decide on Vectorworks Landmark?
Jordan Guerrero (SiteWorks) — Vectorworks Landmark is very finely tuned to the needs of landscape architects in terms of tools and features. We were also really drawn to having an all-in-one solution, one that enables BIM workflows, too, because other countries are already requiring it and now it’s coming to us.
Phillip Tripp (Surface 678) — The lightbulb moment was realizing Vectorworks designed Landmark specifically for landscape architects, with native tools and features that are integral to our process. In contrast, with AutoCAD, we’d have to invest in separate add-on applications for each license in the office.
Scott Lebsack (BYLA) — Having software that replaces SketchUp and provides tools specifically for planting, grading, and irrigation in a single package is critical for streamlining the work we do. Everything is contained in a single working file; my design and my model are the same thing. My time in Vectorworks is spent designing. I don’t “draft” anymore.
What’s the biggest difference you experience in your everyday workflows?
Jordan Guerrero (SiteWorks) — The biggest thing for us is being able to do digital terrain modeling for cut/fill analysis. Our ultimate goal is to lead our practice with technology, and the landscape-focused features in Vectorworks Landmark allow us to do that.
Phillip Tripp (Surface 678) — There are three big changes I’d call out. The first is replacing AutoCAD files with references to allow multiple people to work simultaneously with a single Vectorworks Project Sharing file.
The second is capitalizing on the dual system of organizing data — classes and layers — to exponentially increase our ability to develop conceptual options quickly in a clear and manageable way, from simple diagrams to full construction alternates; all while simultaneously keeping presentation quality graphics current without ever leaving Vectorworks. Additionally, our more complex projects are using Vectorworks site modeling and freeform modeling features in conjunction with Twinmotion to produce highly detailed flythrough videos for clients, without the need to use SketchUp or Rhino.
The third is the use of Vectorworks’ resource library to actively manage our plant library and detail library, which improves our ability to provide quality assurance standards across all projects — a Vectorworks benefit that will continue to improve as we expand our office standards.
Scott Lebsack (BYLA) — Modeling and plant tools are the biggest improvements. I haven’t had to manually count plants in several years. I’m able to model a project and cut sections and elevations to show different aspects that change with the project. Ultimately, the largest change (which is a very simple one) is having fills associated with lines. I haven’t spent time in several years struggling to hatch something.
In what ways does Vectorworks Landmark help you perform your job responsibilities to the highest level?
Jordan Guerrero (SiteWorks) — When we look at a site model, we’re really focusing on the real-world implications of how everything interacts. That’s why digital terrain modeling and cut/fill analysis are so important to us. They allow us to better understand the site, its elevations, and what those elevations mean when it comes to design services.
Phillip Tripp (Surface 678) — Exceeding client expectations requires success in multiple ways; but in general, it’s high quality graphics and options in a timely manner which Vectorworks has proven more than capable, including expanding our services from high end perspectives to complete models, which clients have used for marketing in every case.
Scott Lebsack (BYLA) — Plant tools, worksheets, class and layer management all streamline the work I do every day. They allow me to be more efficient with my time and more consistent with my drawings.
Have there been any challenges since switching? If so, how have you addressed them?
Jordan Guerrero (SiteWorks) — We have to be very open about our software choice when working with other firms. It’s been important to talk it out at the beginning and determine proper file types. It’s just about assuring firms that our using Vectorworks isn’t going to change their workflow. Although there are many file types to collaborate with, the translation of information isn’t always seamless. We find that it sometimes requires testing with clients to find an agreeable file type to work with.
Phillip Tripp (Surface 678) — An anticipated growing pain is that new hires are typically unfamiliar with Vectorworks and require in-office training during orientation and continued assistance through office mentors for the first couple months.
We work around this with Project Sharing. All production staff on a project can see the efforts of their peers and can identify when new hires would benefit from reminders on techniques or office standards. We’re optimistic that universities will expand their software options within the landscape architecture program and offer access or training courses in Vectorworks, as this skill set would be highly valued.
Scott Lebsack (BYLA) — We’ve struggled with speed on some repetitive drafting activities. That said, the Vectorworks development team has been very responsive to user feedback when it comes to improving the software. We’ve pushed feature requests in Vectorworks’ forum that we hope to see implemented.
Vectorworks is a major sponsor of Land8.
Sparked by the murders of Black Americans by police officers, rebellions in many cities have revealed systemic disparities in the living conditions of people based on race, class and gender. The built environment is going through a rapid re-examination of its role in enabling or inhibiting social equity and racial justice. How could this impact how landscape architects are taught and how they practice? How could we encode equity and justice into our work? In this interactive session, multidisciplinary panelists will offer insight into what equity and justice mean, especially when working in economically, socio-culturally, and ecologically unjust places. Participants will be invited to participate in visioning new strategies for equipping landscape
Fred Brown is President and CEO of The Forbes Funds, a philanthropic organization focused on strengthening the management capacity and impact of community nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area. TFF is an Intermediary Foundation that serves 12 counties in SWPA, providing capacity-building support to nonprofit organizations in the human services and community development arenas. For 35 years, TFF has been an innovative leader addressing the needs of over 2,200 nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh region, specializing in fiscal management, strategic planning, back office support, mergers, acquisitions, and organizational sun setting.
Breeze Outlaw is a landscape designer at Sasaki in Watertown, Mass. whose work addresses the perceptual and physical connections of equitable and just access to public spaces. In zir work, zie explores frameworks of equity that emphasize place-keeping through black futurism, cultural expression, and natural systems. Breeze’s belief in design as a tool to empower people and reflect place has allowed zir to collaborate with community stakeholders, food producers, artists, organizers, and municipalities on projects that address challenges ranging from food access disparities, gentrification, and affirming spaces for black womxn. Breeze holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University, is a recipient of an ASLA Certificate of Honor, ASLA Student Honor Award, and is a Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholar. Zie is also the co-founder of Blackscapes, an initiative aimed at exploring the intersection of the black experience in the built environment.
Vernice Miller-Travis is Executive Vice President of The Metropolitan Group. In addition to being a co-founder of WeACT and a pioneer in the Environmental Justice Movement, she is an expert in multicultural engagement and organizational development with significant expertise in clean air and water, regulatory systems and environmental and urban planning. Vernice consults for federal and state agencies, foundations and nonprofits. Prior to becoming a consultant, she established the environmental justice program for NRDC and initiated the environmental justice grantmaking portfolio for the Ford Foundation. Vernice has extensive experience working with communities that have undergone economic disinvestment and environmental degradation by facilitating community-based planning and implementing community revitalization and sustainable redevelopment initiatives and projects. She has the proven ability to bring unlikely partners and diverse stakeholders from all sectors together and to help find shared goals and solutions. She is trained in environmental conflict mediation, alternative dispute resolution, and how to navigate longstanding racial, cultural and economic conflicts.
Kofi Boone, ASLA
Kofi Boone, ASLA is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at NC State University in the College of Design. Kofi is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan (BSNR 1992, MLA 1995). His work is in the overlap between landscape architecture and environmental justice with specializations in democratic design, digital media, and interpreting cultural landscapes. His teaching and professional work have earned numerous awards including student and professional ASLA awards. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Conservation Network as well as the Landscape Architecture Foundation where he is Vice President of Education. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and events. His published work is broadly disseminated in peer-reviewed and popular media and he is a frequent contributor to Landscape Architecture Magazine.
Following the session, the information will be compiled and we will work with the webinar participants and others to position and advocate for the recommendations in a range of organizations.
Sponsorship funds were donated to The Urban Studio.
Lead Image: Kofi Boone, 2017
The Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings was held on April 20 – 23, 2020. View recordings here:
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Barbara Deutsch (Landscape Architecture Foundation) – “Landscape Performance to Demonstrate Impact” | View >
John Surico (Journalist and Urban Planning Researcher) – “Revitalizing Urban Parks After COVID-19” | View >
Gina Ford (Agency Landscape + Planning) – “Cutting Against the Bias – A Talk About the Strategic Advantage of Gender and Design” | View >
Kurt Culbertson (Design Workshop) – “Spatial Equity in the Time of Covid 19” | View >
Catherine Saunders (TBG Partners), Emma Tardella (NAK Design), Matt Alcide (Land8) – “Designing High-Performing (Digital) Landscapes: Social Media’s Place in Landscape Architecture” | View >
Brian Jencek (HOK) – “Healthy Cities: City-Making at the Intersection of Landscape Architecture and Public Health” | View >
Sara Zewde (Studio Zewde) – “Recent Work” | View >
Note: Continuing education credits are no longer available and only available to those who registered and completed the survey.
In the context of rapid urban development, a changing climate, and clarified social and political tensions, the narratives embedded in ecologies of memory offer creative departures for landscape architecture today. Sara Zewde will discuss the recent design work of Studio Zewde in this context.
This webinar is from the Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings, recorded on April 23, 2020.
Great cities are defined by their great streets and open spaces. Yet the very existence of cities continues to be challenged by pandemics and climate change. Join this session to learn how landscape architecture is redefining cities through the lens of human health and resilience.
This webinar is from the Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings, recorded on April 23, 2020.