Projects within the field of landscape architecture differ in scale and complexity, but they all start with a big idea. In our Design track, practitioners will share tools and methods for innovative design and successful implementation, including performative planting design for climate-vulnerable landscapes, building an equitable project vision through participatory design, and how to advocate for experimental and untested ideas by pushing the boundaries of existing policy. Sessions in this track on Design Day will focus on project execution – including how details come together and how to clearly communicate the design intent through construction documentation.
Our individual climate actions matter. But through interdisciplinary collaboration, we can broaden our knowledge and render more meaningful and transformative mitigation and adaptive resilience strategies for climate change. In our Climate Change and Resilience track, learn from landscape architects and allied professionals addressing issues of extreme heat events, stormwater management and flooding, climate migration, and wildfire adaptation planning through the lens of climate justice.
2020 has required us to lead with resilience and purpose. Sessions in our Business Leadership & Career Development track will feature practice leaders sharing their insights on how recent event have shaped and reshaped the industry. They will share lessons learned from the Great Recession, for firms and young professionals navigating challenging economic times. They will describe how project management is prioritized, valued, and taught at a variety of design practices. And they will hold honest conversations about the risks and rewards of sole practice, gender bias in the industry, and how to pursue careers outside of mainstream practices that address issues of climate resilience and social justice.
To rid our profession of the racist practices of the past, it is essential we identify, challenge, and change the values, structures, and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism. Sessions in our Acknowledging Racism in the Profession track will help participants gain perspective from Black designers about unrecognized black landscapes, and how landscape architecture can be a means of healing and bridging community. Hear from leading voices who employ design activism in their work and partnerships with black and immigrant communities empowering them to have greater resilience.
ASLA is committed to advancing the diversity, equity, and inclusion culture of landscape architecture, where diverse voices are active in all aspects of our profession. Sessions in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion track will explore the role of landscape architecture in progressing social outcomes through new approaches to designing for the human experience, inclusion, and participation in the public realm. Hear from practitioners mentoring the next generation to create a more diversified and equitable profession.