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April is World Landscape Architecture Month!
This April, during World Landscape Architecture Month, take a minute to share and spread the word about the role of Landscape Architects.
Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments. Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community. Click here to read more, and share: http://ow.ly/a7VG50p16CT
The National Mall Tidal Basin, a cherished part of “America’s Front Yard,” links its historic assets to the American ideal they collectively represent: freedom, democracy, and international cooperation. This complex cultural landscape features memorials to Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as famous cherry trees that blossom each spring.
But this American icon is under threat.
Due to rising sea levels, the silt and water of the Potomac Flats make the Tidal Basin unstable; the conditions they create compromise both historic resources and visitors’ experiences. Each day at high tide, water floods the sidewalks surrounding the Tidal Basin, making them impassable and compromising the roots of the cherry trees.
Click here to learn more and sign the pledge.
April 24, 6-8pm
Potomac ASLA Open Studio at Bradley Site Design
Join colleagues for networking and food & drink at Bradley Site Design’s studio. Bradley Site Design is a dynamic Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm founded in 1994 and dedicated to the creation of socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities. This year they are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with 25 acts of service that support great causes and build team unity!
Special thanks to our sponsor, Sparks@Play.
Click here to register.
April 25, 6-8pm
Gender Equity and the Built Environment – WIA Lecture Series Part I
At ASLA’s Center for Landscape Architecture
Presented by AIA Northern Virginia
Is our built environment gender inclusive? How do we promote gender equity through the design of our built environment? Join us for an engaging discussion on designing for gender equity. The panelists will review how women have historically shaped public space, highlight examples from the City of Vienna’s gender mainstreaming urban planning practice, and share strategies for promoting health and wellness by designing with a gender bias.
Panelists include: Sonya Michel, a historian, author, artist, and professor emerita at University of Maryland; Leigh Stringer, a designer, author, activist, and consultant at Einhorn Yaffee Prescott; and Ana Quintana, ASLA and Lan Hogue, ASLA, designers and activists practicing at Michael Vergason Landscape Architects.
1.5 LA CES approved.
Cost $20, $15 for students; includes reception. Learn more and register.
April 27, 8am-5pm
MDASLA Annual Conference
Expect a full day of engaging topics, intriguing conversations, and professional networking. This year’s conference will include sessions on custom product development, public stewardship, green infrastructure, and integrated pest management among others. We will again be graciously hosted at Vectorworks in Columbia, MD. Free parking will be available.
The conference will consist of six educational sessions (6.0 LA CES credits pending) and a vendor expo to be enjoyed throughout the day. A light breakfast and catered lunch will be provided to attendees.
Early-bird deadline is March 31. Click here for more information and registration.
April 27, 10am – 2 pm
Alexandria Earth Day 2019
Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park
1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Join the City of Alexandria and partners for this family-friendly event! Enjoy educational exhibits, demonstrations, live music, Tent talks on environmental topics given by local experts, and hands-on activities based on the event theme, “Climate Change – Take Action.” Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Visit alexandriava.gov/EarthDay to learn more about the event, or to sign up to be an exhibitor or volunteer.
City Nature Challenge pits cities around the globe in a friendly competition to observe and identify the most biodiversity in their communities while tapping the greatest network of local volunteers. More than 160 cities in 30 countries worldwide will participate in this two-part challenge over 10 days, and the data they collect will give scientists valuable information on the biodiversity of our region – and the planet. In 2018, DC finished 5th. Using our unique skills as architects, urban designers, and landscape architects, help DC win the top prize in 2019! Bragging rights will ensue.
Our Potomac ASLA Chapter is joining forces with AIA|DC’s Urban Design and Design + Wellbeing committees on this two-part event. Landscape architects, architects, planners, and more are all welcome to participate in one or both events.
Visit http://citynaturechallenge.org and www.citynaturechallengedc.org for more information. Download the iNaturalist app to participate and check out this guide to getting started: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started.
April 27, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Urban Nature Exploration on the National Mall
Meet on the steps of the Hirshhorn Museum
A local expert will discuss the importance of biodiversity in urban environments and share insights on the plants and wildlife that easily go unnoticed in our city. We’ll give a brief introduction to the iNaturalist app, and then teams will set out to make as many observations as they can in 90 minutes. An informal social event will follow. The event is open to people of all ages and experience. Bring your well-charged mobile device and download the iNaturalist app beforehand to maximize your search time.
The event is free, but click here to register, so you’ll receive any and all updates about the meeting location and more.
April 30, 6-8pm
City Nature Challenge Identification Party
ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture
Bring your laptop or tablet to this special event, where you will identify as many DC area photos taken from April 26-29 and loaded into the iNaturalist app. Teamwork is welcome and reference materials are allowed! This is an opportunity to share what you know and found, build your species IQ and network with local design professionals while pursuing a common goal. No prior experience is necessary!
Join in the fun and make new connections. Food & drink will be provided! Click here to register (it’s free!). We want to be sure to have enough food, drink, and seats.
Thanks to our sponsor, Rain Bird.
Potomac ASLA Awards Gala
May 16, 6-9:30pm
University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
Our community of landscape architects will recognize projects with professional awards, lifetime achievement awards, and Edward B. Ballard Scholarship recipients. There will be plenty of time to network and opportunities to learn from colleagues. All in a special setting with delicious food & drink. Your ticket includes a reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, 3-course dinner, and beer & wine.
Keynote Speech by Matt Arnn, ASLA, the U.S. Forest Service’s Chief Landscape Architect: “100 Years of Landscape Architects in the U.S. Forest Service”
Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented to Alain C. deVergie, FASLA.
Click here for tickets and more details. Register by the April 16 early-bird deadline to save $40. Registrations must be received no later than May 13. No on-site registrations are possible.