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SIGAL Gallery, District Architecture Center
This exhibition highlights our 16 award-winning works of landscape architecture. The range of projects encompasses residential, private, and public practice, and a variety of project types that include parks, courtyards, plazas, historic landscapes, and public realm guidelines.
The exhibition illustrates the range in scale and scope of the landscape architecture profession and highlights the high quality of work being produced in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The Chapter’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Darwina Neal, FASLA, is recognized in the exhibition.
Larry Weaner’s Revolutionary Landscapes
School for International Service
(Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues intersection)
Founders Room, Terrace Level
Tuesday, November 1
Photo by Rob Cardillo
A successful garden is rewarding, stimulating, and environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, traditional gardening practices don’t often deliver on that promise. Not only are these outdated methods resource- and time-consuming, they can result in gardens that are weedy, labor-intensive, and at odds with wildlife and local ecosystems.
For decades, Larry Weaner has been at the forefront of ecological landscape design.
By understanding the ecological processes of change in our native landscapes and incorporating them into our designs, we can create beautiful, dynamic landscapes that require less labor and are more aesthetically rewarding and environmentally sound. Larry Weaner’s ideas apply in any climate and will change the way you think about what a garden should do and be. Forget about nonstop weeding, fertilizing, and watering. It’s time for a garden revolution.
About the speaker
Famous for his meadows, Larry Weaner is a leading figure in North American landscape design. He is the founder of the educational program series New Directions in the American Landscape and his firm, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, is known for combining ecological restoration with traditions of fine garden design. He has received the top three design awards from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change, co-authored by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher, was released by Timber Press in May 2016.
6:45 p.m. Check-in and registration
7:00 p.m. Illustrated talk
8:00 p.m. Book signing and reception
Call 845-424-6500 to register! The Garden Conservancy is offering Potomac Chapter ASLA members their member price.
CitiesAlive: 14th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference
November 1 – 4, 2016
University of the District of Columbia (UDC), 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
ASLA Potomac Chapter members, save $50 on the following CitiesAlive registration items by using the code: ASLAPT5
• Delegate Pass
• Best Price Delegate Pass
• GRP and Emerging Professional Package
• Stormwater Engineering Package (Tuesday – Wednesday)
Rise to the Stormwater Challenge. Join green roof & wall industry leaders to discuss design, research and policy this November in North America’s foremost city for green roof policy and implementation – Washington, D.C. – for the 14th Annual CitiesAlive Conference.
This year’s conference will highlight advancements in living architecture design, research and policy, with a focus on stormwater management. Explore the science behind green roof and wall performance and learn how these technologies are enabling designers to meet municipal stormwater management requirements.
Discover new products and services at the CitiesAlive trade show, tour some of DC’s best green infrastructure projects, and enhance your professional practice with continuing education and networking events.
CitiesAlive is pending approval for up to 17 Continuing Education hours for LA CES, AIA CES, ASCE, BOMI, NLAP, APLD, CCA, and RCI.
Join us at Inscape Publico’s 2nd Annual Social Impact Design Celebration at the Wonder Bread Factory! This is the social event for all of those supporting social impact design in the architecture, design, development, and construction fields in the DC area. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and live music!
Registration and more information: www.inscapepublic
LARE Prep, Nov. 4-5
Nov. 4, 6-8:30pm: Reception & Panel
Nov. 5, 8:30am-5pm: Workshop
Join your colleagues at a fast-paced, interactive evening panel on Nov. 4 plus a full-day workshop on Nov. 5 designed to help you prepare for the LARE in an organized, effective way, with as positive an attitude as possible.
The Friday evening panel (6-8:30pm) features recent successful LARE candidates sharing their stories. The reception gives you an opportunity to discuss the LARE in an informal setting. Friday’s panel will be held at the WACC, West Room, 1001 Prince St., Alexandria.
On Saturday, from 8:30am-5pm, learn the mysteries of the multiple response question; how to do grading on a computer screen; what the CLARB reading list may not mention, and more! Saturday’s workshop will have extra focus on Sections 3 & 4. Your questions will be an important part of the gathering. Saturday’s Workshop takes place in the Danube Room, #305, at Virginia Tech’s School of Public + International Affairs, 1021 Prince St., Alexandria. Continental breakfast is provided.
You can read the Nov. 5 workshop agenda here: lare-agenda_potomacnov5_2016-1
When registering, be sure to scroll down to see all of the ticket options. Ideally, you’ll want to register for both the Nov. 4 evening reception & panel and the Nov. 5 workshop and there are 2 separate tickets for them.
Influential Modernist Landscape Architect Lawrence Halprin Featured in New Exhibition Opening at the National Building Museum Nov. 5
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Lawrence Halprin. Photo by Roger Foley. Courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
A traveling exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) will open November 5, 2016, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Timed with the centennial anniversary of Halprin’s birth, the exhibition features 56 newly commissioned photographs by leading landscape photographers of dozens of Halprin’s major works, ranging from recently rediscovered residential projects created early in his career in the 1950s to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and capstone projects such as the Yosemite Falls approach and Stern Grove in San Francisco. Titled The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, the exhibition both honors the influential designer and calls attention to the need for informed and effective stewardship of his irreplaceable legacy. The exhibition is organized and curated by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) in collaboration with the National Building Museum, and will remain on view through April 16, 2017. The National Building Museum’s presentation of the exhibition will include original drawings and other artifacts that will not appear at subsequent exhibition venues.
Lawrence Halprin was among the foremost landscape architects of the twentieth century. His prolific career spanned more than five decades, and the innovative techniques he pioneered changed the profession forever. The Brooklyn-born Halprin began his career in 1945 with a four-year stint working for Thomas Church in San Francisco, where he collaborated with architect George Rockrise on the renowned Dewey Donnell garden in Sonoma, California. He opened Lawrence Halprin & Associates in 1949, and his oeuvre initially included residential gardens, campuses, and housing projects. However, by the mid-1960s, his firm had turned decisively to re-designing major urban landscapes. A series of innovative parks, plazas, and pedestrian malls brought international notice and critical acclaim. When the Ira Keller Fountain (completed in 1970) opened in Portland, Oregon, New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable called it “one of the most important urban spaces since the Renaissance.”
Halprin, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), received numerous awards, including the ASLA Gold Medal (1978), ASLA Design Medal (2003), induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978), the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture (1979), and the National Medal of Arts (2002), the nation’s highest honor for an artist.
“In the tradition of great artists, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin created a new and influential language,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF’s president & CEO.
“Landscape architecture is one of the major design disciplines that come under the aegis of the National Building Museum, and this exhibition highlights a key figure in the history of that discipline,” said Chase W. Rynd, Hon. ASLA, president and executive director of the National Building Museum. “Halprin helped to change perceptions about American cities and urban landscapes at a time when such places were often neglected.”
A full-color printed gallery guide will accompany the exhibition with information about each of the sites, as well as a complementary online exhibition presenting additional photography and a video oral history with Halprin. Thanks to the generosity of the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives, which holds the Halprin archives, the exhibition will include personal artifacts, drawings, sketches, and photographs. Additionally, selected sketches from Halprin’s personal collection (courtesy of Edward Cella Art & Architecture in Los Angeles) will be on display.
The exhibition, part of TCLF’s Landslide series, calls attention to threatened and at-risk works of landscape architecture and landscape features, and will include photographs of some of Halprin’s most iconic projects, from Sea Ranch in northern California (photography by Saxon Holt) to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. (photography by Roger Foley), as well as several private gardens, including recently rediscovered early 1950s-era projects. Also included are photographs of the dance deck he created for his wife Anna (photography by Tom Fox), the famous choreographer, who fundamentally influenced Halprin’s understanding of human motion through space. This is the third TCLF-organized exhibition hosted by the National Building Museum, and the second to debut at the museum.
As part of the foundation’s What’s Out There program, TCLF organized a months-long series of free, expert-led tours of Halprin-designed landscapes across the United States and in Jerusalem, Israel. Tours began in July and extend through October, and are open to the public (registration is required). Sites featured include Sea Ranch in Sonoma County, California; two recently rehabilitated landscapes—Park Central Square in Springfield, Missouri, and Manhattan Square Park in Rochester, New York; Heritage Park Plaza in Fort Worth, Texas, which has been closed and under threat for several years; and Capitol Apartment Towers in Sacramento, California, which will be demolished later this year. Many of the tour guides have worked for or with Halprin over the years and can share intimate knowledge of the sites. Other guides have worked to save or extend the life of threatened Halprin designs through diligent research, documentation, and public engagement. They include landscape architects, architects, archivists, city planners, and historians.
The exhibition is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Design Arts and the Hubbard Educational Foundation.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1998 to connect people to places. TCLF educates and engages the public to make our shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards. Through its website, publishing, lectures and other events, TCLF broadens support and understanding for cultural landscapes.
The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit www.nbm.org. Follow us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook: www.facebook.com/
Nov. 17, 6-8pm
Reception & Presentation by Thomas Rainer, ASLA
Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, Alexandria, VA
Network before and after the program with colleagues and speaker and author, Thomas Rainer, ASLA. Program begins at 6:30pm.
The New Planting Revolution: Designing Plant Communities for More Resilient Landscapes talk presents a groundbreaking alternative to traditional horticulture and the formalist designs most often employed by landscape architects: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. Explaining the art, science, and practicality of the new planting design revolution, this session will demonstrate how beautiful, dynamic, sustainable urban planting can be created. It explores how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, more colorful, and diverse.
Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. Thomas serves as a Principal for the landscape architectural and planning firm Rhodeside & Harwell in Alexandria, Virginia and teaches planting design for George Washington University.
1 hr. LA CES credit pending.
Space is limited and registration is free for Potomac Chapter ASLA members. Register now!
LAF Announces New $25,000 Fellowship for Landscape Architecture Professionals
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is thrilled to announce that it is accepting applications for its new LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. This $25,000 year-long fellowship is an opportunity for mid-career and senior-level landscape architects to explore, research, develop, and test the next big ideas and initiatives that will bring about positive change and expand the impact of landscape architecture.
Application deadline: Dec. 1.
Details here: laf-fellowship-call-for-proposals