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CSLA-OALA Conference

Register for the CSLA-OALA Conference

April 5-7, 2018, Toronto

Moving Forward: Addressing society’s challenges through new paradigms in landscape architecture

Highlights of the conference include:

  • Keynote Speakers Anne Whiston Spirn and Diana Beresford-Kroeger
  • Educational sessions
  • OALA 50th Anniversary Celebration and CSLA Awards Gala
  • Interesting guided tours
  • Round table on climate adaptation for municipally employed landscape architects
  • 48-booth trade-show
  • Student travel bursaries
  • Two days of breakfast and lunches (included in registration fee)
  •  CSLA and OALA Annual General Meetings

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The Winter 2017 online issue of LANDSCAPES-PAYSAGES is now available!

Eureka! LP offers up a compendium of new ideas from LAs who are mothers (and brothers) of invention! Some put reliable old technology to new uses (think bicycles). Others offer the strikingly new: parametric models, custom apps… even a lesson in achieving the impossible with mega-tonnes of stone. And then there’s Crokicurling and the Maniyeti – because LAs just wanna’ have fun!


Presentation of Canadian Landscape Standards to City of Mount Pearl

Matthew Mills, APALA President (front, fourth from left) presents a copy of the Canadian Landscape Standards to the City of Mount Pearl.  Earlier this year, the City of Mount Pearl recognized World Landscape Architecture Month and, specifically, April 26th as World Landscape Architecture Day.

City of Mount Pearl Awards Outstanding Properties and Business Owners

November 8, 2017

MOUNT PEARL, NL – Tonight, the City of Mount Pearl hosted its annual ceremony, Pearl Awards for Urban Design and Gardens, and awarded outstanding properties throughout the community. From a number of nominations, independent juries selected the following winners:

• Pearl Awards for Urban Design – Gibraltar Development Ltd. for Park21 Townhouse Development
• Pearl Awards for Gardens – 25 Collingwood Crescent
• Pearl Awards for Urban Agriculture – 21 Lidstone Crescent

The Urban Design category celebrates properties that enhance quality of life and aesthetics through architectural and landscape architectural design, advance environmental stewardship and promote sustainable design.

The Gardens category celebrates gardens that display tidiness, floral decoration, turf and ground cover quality, streetscape beautification, and environmental awareness.
The City introduced a new category this year, Urban Agriculture, which celebrates those who enhance food access and diversity, promote environmentally friendly gardening practices, and showcase residential vegetable gardens.

“We thank all nominees for applying to the Pearl Awards, and for their commitment to enhancing the quality of our City through quality urban design, beautiful landscapes, resourceful vegetable gardens, unique and eye-catching property developments, and environmentally conscious business initiatives. Congratulations to all the winners,” said Mayor Dave Aker.

The City of Mount Pearl partners with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Professional Planners, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects, the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects, MUN Botanical Garden and Food First NL on this initiative.


Media contact:

Maggie Hynes

Communications and Marketing Officer

City of Mount Pearl


CSLA Bulletin – November 2017

In this issue:

_In memoriam: Donald Graham

_Participate in a study on negotiation skills

CSLA Bulletin


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ASLA Webinar and Events

ASLA Webinar with Jim Urban

Urban Street Tree Planting: Correcting Myths and Misconceptions – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Despite 35 years of research, books, articles and lectures, the profession still maintains many myths and misconceptions about designing with trees in urban spaces. Tree health is still at risk from all too common and obsolete design errors. This webinar will point out the most common of these errors, and provide best practice recommendations to develop truly sustainable urban landscapes. Based on the six most critical concepts of designing for healthy trees, this session will teach sound, science-based designs, details, and specifications. Better informed designers will have the tools to incorporate science and sustainability principles into the aesthetic principles that guide the design of these important landscape spaces.
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Planning for Successful Street Trees in Arid Climates

Planting trees and other large plant material in built-up urban areas in arid climates is always a challenge. More often than not, the constraints are numerous and the opportunities are few. When a project is initially conceived, consideration must be given to all constraints, long before preliminary design plans begin. By developing a realistic plan of attack at this early conceptual stage, a truly successful project can transform those constraints into opportunities.
What are these constraints, and how should we respond to them?
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Historic Santa Rosa Courthouse Square Redesign

The Santa Rosa Courthouse reunification is a long-awaited project to restore the city’s downtown square to its original layout, changing it from a space split in half by a four lane road to one continuous 1.5 acre site. The plaza had been bisected by Mendocino and Santa Rosa Avenues since the mid-60s, when the city’s second courthouse was demolished. Santa Rosa’s first courthouse, which is commemorated with a large X-shaped lawn in the middle of the plaza, was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

The redesigned square features new lighting and decorative light posts, a fountain, electrical plug-ins, a Wi-Fi hub, trees and green space, and more. It is hoped the new layout will help to revitalize Santa Rosa’s downtown core by attracting more pedestrian traffic and business to the surrounding area.

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Upcoming Events
November 17 (New York, NY): 4 CEU’s and a Beer: Stormwater in the Heart of the City – A Green Guide
November 29 – December 1 (Toronto, ON): Construct Canada

Links We’re Talking About
• DeepRoot is hiring a Sales and Project Associate and a Territory Account Manager
5 Rules for Designing Great Cities
• Even more support for the healing power of nature.

LACF Update – October 2017

This week we head to the ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, which is always an engaging and energizing opportunity to catch up with our many friends and supporters. We hope to see you at one of the LAF events and activities. Be sure to pick up your hot-of-the-press copy of The New Landscape Declaration: A Call to Action for the Twenty-First Century. The book launches at the conference and compiles big visions from a range of thought-leaders that will inspire and provoke the landscape architecture discipline for years to come.



See you in Los Angeles! LAF at #ASLA2017

If you’ll be in Los Angeles for the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, join LAF for a series of fun and thought-provoking events. LAF will participate in three education sessions, host our popular Annual Benefit at the historic Union Station, and launch a new book featuring the “Declarations” and discussion from our landmark Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future. Pick up your copy in the ASLA Bookstore and join us at booth #1663 in the Expo Hall for informal authors receptions on Saturday and Sunday. We hope to see you there!

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2017 Olmsted Scholar Projects Featured on LAF Blog

This week, LAF will honor the 2017 Olmsted Scholars during a luncheon, certificate ceremony, and our 32nd Annual Benefit in Los Angeles. We can’t wait to meet this amazing group of exceptional student leaders and recent graduates! You can learn more about David de La Cruz ($25,000 graduate prize), Lauren Delbridge ($15,000 undergraduate price), and the other Olmsted Scholars’ projects, activities, and interests though a series of guest posts on the LAF Blog.

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Apply for 2018 Case Study Investigation (CSI) Program

Want to assess and document the benefits of high-performing landscape projects? LAF is accepting applications for the next CSI program, which will run Feb – Aug 2018. Faculty Research Fellows lead this unique research collaboration and receive funding to support a student Research Assistant. Practitioners apply with specific projects and are selected based on the quality of the project, potential to produce comprehensive quantified benefits, and the firm’s commitment to working with the research teams. Faculty Expressions of Interest are due Nov 3. Applications from firms are due Nov 30.

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LAF Olmsted Scholars: Ready to Act, Part 2 and 3

Inspired by LAF’s 2016 Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future and the New Landscape Declaration, a group of Olmsted Scholars produced their own response, focused on moving forward with deliberate actions to meet the ambitions set forth in the Declaration’s four calls to action.

LAF has been sharing their action plans through a series of blog posts. See their ideas for:

  • Action 2: We will work to cultivate a bold culture of inclusive leadership, advocacy and activism in our ranks.
  • Action 3: We will work to raise awareness of landscape architecture’s vital contribution

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Perspectives: Amir Gohar

LAF’s Perspectives series showcases landscape architects from diverse backgrounds discussing how they came to the profession and where they see it heading. This month we interviewed Amir Gohar, a recent PhD grad who has worked on planning and sustainable development with a variety of organizations across the Middle East and Africa. “Right now, we are in a moment that necessitates a radical shift in our practice, our thinking, and our approaches. An informed landscape architect is one that can adopt and encourage thinking across scales, across disciplines, and across institutions.”

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APALA, Atlantic Provincial Nursery Landscape Associations & LACF Scholarship – Inaugural Recipient

Joan Cole was recognized as the first recipient of the APALA, Atlantic Provincial Nursery Landscape Associations & LACF Scholarship, for students of Dalhousie’s B.Tech. LA program. Six landscape architecture and industry associations came together to establish the award that celebrates Atlantic Canada’s first professional landscape architecture program (APALA, CNLA, LACF, LNB & LPEI, LNL, LNS).

Pictured are: Ed Versteeg – Dalhousie University, Matthew Mills – President APALA, Joan Cole, Vincent Asselin – President LACF & CSLA, Cary Vollick – Chair APALA Scholarship Committee.


LACF News – September 2017


LACF has been busy over the Summer and early Fall months. Go to the

NEWS AND UPDATES section of our Web site to learn all about our most

recent activities and upcoming projects!





CSLA Bulletin – October 2017

CSLA Bulletin – October 2017

In this issue:

CSLA Announces the Winners of the Recognition Awards

Congress of the World Design Summit Program Announced

CSLA Bulletin

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