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06/30/2020

I’ve learned so much this past month, and over 1,000 of you from the landscape architecture community joined us online at the annual LAF Symposium for Innovation + Leadership to learn too. Read on to access the Fellows’ shared opening message that recognizes that the struggle for civil rights and human rights is fought in our public spaces every day. We also recognize the new Olmsted Scholars in this newsletter who amaze and inspire us as well with their perspectives and optimism for a new and better future for all. These new Scholars join a growing network of over 800 Olmsted Scholars since the program started in 2008, and LAF, with your support, is proud to have invested in cultivating this next generation of leaders. It has been powerful to witness the strength of the network as their voices and influence grow.


Barbara Deutsch, FASLA
CEO

 
That’s a Wrap! 2020 LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium
Held on June 16 and 18, this two-part virtual event showcased the work of the 2019-2020 LAF Fellows on design activism, heterogeneous futures, working landscapes, indigenous knowledge, resiliency, and landscape as foundation for revolution and resistance. Recordings will be available to the public in July. Beyond their presentations, the fellows were compelled to address the unique challenges of this moment through an opening statement, which you can watch now. MORE
 
Perspectives: Kene Okigbo
Kene Okigbo, ASLA is an emerging professional currently working as a Landscape Architectural Intern at RDG Planning & Design. He considers designing for the public realm an awesome responsibility. “What we bring to the table is hearing the voices of our clients and collaborators so that the final product provides value to the community. At its heart, landscape architecture is service-based leadership.” MORE
 
2020 LAF OLMSTED SCHOLARS LAF is delighted to announce the 85 exceptional student leaders honored in our 2020 Olmsted Scholars Program, including the two national winners and six finalists shown here. Click to see all of the nominees and learn more about the winners and how they plan to use the award to further their work in daylighting African cultural landscapes and exploring ecological gardening as therapy for veterans.
Anti-Racist Reading List
The long work of dismantling racism requires learning followed by action. Because the landscape architecture discipline is primarily White and exerts a large influence on how people experience and are impacted by the built environment, it is imperative that we as landscape architects and members of the landscape architecture community learn to be anti-racist not only in our personal lives and communities, but in the profession at-large and in how we shape the physical environment. This read/watch list is a starting point for learning about racism and anti-racism generally and about the Black American experience in particular. MORE
 
2021-2022 LAF Fellowship Applications Open Have a big idea? This $25,000 fellowship is an opportunity for landscape architecture professionals to dedicate the equivalent of 3 months’ time over the course of one year to a proposed project that brings about positive change and expands the discipline’s impact. LAF is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 fellowship cohort. Applications are due Sept 15. MORE
 
LANDSCAPE PERFORMANCE SERIES
Barangaroo Reserve
Barangaroo, New South Wales
Barangaroo Reserve recreated the historic former headland on Sydney Harbor’s foreshore, installing 76,000 plants with a 99% success rate. The site recognizes the Aboriginal history of the site and attracts significant visitor numbers.

Fast Fact Library
The monetary benefits of urban trees outweigh their maintenance and other associated costs. In a study of five U.S. cities, each dollar invested in urban trees returned between $1.37 and $3.09 in benefits.

LAF ON THE ‘GRAM
Symposium Follow-Up Q+A
Keep an eye on our Instagram for forthcoming Live Stories featuring members of the 2019-2020 Fellowship Cohort. They’ll sit in to respond to questions about their presentations for the virtual Innovation + Leadership Symposium and address additional comments from viewers!
COMING SOON
The Green New Deal Superstudio
LAF in association with the McHarg Center, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) invites you to participate in a national conversation and advance design thinking on the intersection of equity, environment and economy through the development of projects for a Green New Deal. Additional information coming in July.
 
 
SPECIAL THANKS
BrightView is the nation’s leading commercial landscape company, and has provided over two decades of support to LAF. BrightView consistently sponsors major LAF events, including the recent 2020 Innovation + Leadership Symposium, and contributes thought leadership through Vice President of Brightview Landscape Development Po Chen’s service on our Board of Directors. We sincerely thank BrightView for its commitment to the discipline and to our organization.

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