Using Compost to Create Sustainable Sites and Manage Storm Water and Soil Erosion
Healthy soil is the foundation of successful landscapes. Soil restoration is at the core of ASLA’s Sustainable Sites Initiative, because it is essential for water conservation, climate protection, storm water management, and human and wildlife habitat. Soil and site best practices (which include compost) are now required in California (e.g., Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance), and in an increasing number of Low Impact Development and storm water projects (e.g., bioretention soils). And they can save the savvy practitioner money and time on a variety of development projects, as well as assure long-term planting success.
11:00 – 11:30 – Registration (please arrive prior to 11:30 to register, get your lunch, and get seated to allow for the full hour for the presentation)
11:30 - 12:30 – Lunch (provided) and Technical presentation – 1 CEU will be offered
12:30 – 1:00 – Optional facility tour
Mr. Ron Alexander is a horticulturist and the President of R. Alexander Associates, Inc., a consulting company specializing in product development for organic recycled products. He has almost 35 years experience working with compost and organic recycled products. Early in his career, Mr. Alexander was the Vice President of Marketing for one of the first compost brokerage firms. Since becoming a consultant he has authored the ‘Field Guide to Compost Use’, ‘AASHTO Specifications for Compost Use in Erosion Control’, and ‘Landscape Architecture Specifications for Compost Utilization’. Mr. Alexander was also the co-manager of the US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance Program (national compost testing program), and is the author of many State and national compost application specifications.
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On September 20, 2019, NCASLA will participate in PARK(ing) Day!
PARK(ing) Day is an annual event in that encourages community members, students, and designers to transform parking spaces into temporary parklets. Taking place the third Friday of every September, PARK(ing) Day gives residents and passersby the opportunity to reimagine how streets can be used.
Locations will be set around the state, with more information coming soon.
All NCASLA members are encourage to come to Raleigh to meet with their North Carolina Senators and Representatives to share with them the importance of landscape architecture throughout the State! Enjoy frozen lemonade with your legislators as you discuss current projects or policies that allow you to make a positive and substantial impact on our State’s economy and environment.
To attend or get more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing Education for Professionals
The North Carolina Arboretum launches a new series of continuing education classes for landscape architects and other horticulture professionals this summer as part of its Adult Education Program. Expanding opportunities for skills training and education on current issues in the field, the classes are scheduled over Thursday and Friday, June 6─7, 2019. Using the Arboretum’s 434-acre site and buildings as a learning laboratory, the trainings cover designing for diversity, stormwater management, stewardship of historic landscapes, and ecological restoration and wetlands preservation.
Instructors for the courses are regionally and nationally recognized licensed landscape architects and planners with expertise in cultural and ecological landscape design, preservation and conservation as well as land development and construction management.
The classes have been submitted for CEU credit with NC BOLA (North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects). Registration is currently underway for the four classes, which can be taken singly or together. Full descriptions of the classes with information on the instructors is available on the Arboretum’s website under Adult Education Program Continuing Education offerings.
Ecological Design: Willow Pond
Instructors: Kim Williams and Owen Carson
Thursday, June 6 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $52 Member / $57 Non-member
Three hours LA CEU
Class Limit: 32
Learn about the Willow Pond project, an ecological restoration project underway at the Arboretum. Willow Pond will have a constructed (man-made) wetland with a planned outdoor classroom. Learn about the macro- and micro-ecological landscape of Willow Pond, the rare salamanders and other species that inhabit the site, and how site design will restore habitat for this species. Explore innovative stormwater design and how creation of wetlands in the site will restore and enhance the habitat for all kinds of flora and fauna and create an engaging space for visitors too.
Kimberly Williams is an Environmental & Recreational Planner who has led efforts in regional and community planning (from county to multi-state scale), open space and recreation planning and design, environmental and transportation planning, and site design.
Owen Carson is a Botanist/Ecologist with a deep understanding of conservation ecology and natural system functions. He works collaboratively with landscape architects/designers to guide the preservation, conservation and/or land development process. -----------------------------------------
Designing for Diversity
Instructor: Susannah Horton
Thursday, June 6 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
$52 Member / $57 Non-member
Three hours PDH
Class Limit: 32
Landscape architects are vital in planning and designing parks, streetscapes, communities, downtowns, and urban and rural environments. In an increasingly diverse society, the landscape architecture profession as a whole should consider more ways to celebrate and recognize social and cultural diversity along with economic ecological diversity through programming and designing. Are projects more successful when we as designers acknowledge the dynamics of culture, class and/or gender? Are projects less successful when we do not recognize or acknowledge cultural legacies of the existing landscapes? This class will look projects located in racially and culturally diverse areas in North Carolina that through robust community involvement strategies and culturally sensitive design considerations have generated plans endorsed by the communities they serve and the city governments that serve the constituents.
Susannah Horton is a registered landscape architect with experience in both professional practice and academics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture as well as a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Clemson University. Horton has worked with the landscape architecture and planning firm Design Workshop since 2012, and teaches landscape architecture at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro. -----------------------------------------
Reading the Historic Landscape
Instructor: Glenn Stach
Friday, June 7 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
$52 Member / $57 Non-member
Three hours PDH
Class Limit: 32
What makes a designed landscape historic or significant? How should we steward the legacy of design and history across our most beloved and culturally significant spaces? In a world where perceptions of history evolve with each successive generation, history enthusiasts, stewards, and design professionals face questions regarding the importance of history to inform landscape experience and shape the future. This class will discuss the practice and theory of landscape preservation, and how to assess and apply its tenants to landscape stewardship, and design.
Glenn Stach is a one of a growing number of nationally accomplished experts practicing within the field of cultural landscape preservation today. With many notable works to its credit, Stach’s Asheville-based firm collaborates with like-minded clients and partner organizations interested to cultivate an enduring vision for the nation’s beloved historic sites and public landscapes. -----------------------------------------
Stormwater: Looking at the Whole Picture
Instructor: Drake Fowler
Friday, June 7 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
$52 Member / $57 Non-member
Three hours PDH
Class Limit: 32
As Western North Carolina continues to receive record rainfall, stormwater management is a critical issue in this region. In this class we will explore storm water systems that have been designed to accomplish their site specific goals. We will explore how these systems use multiple low impact development methods interconnected to treat and use captured storm water. Finally, the class will tour the active Willow Pond project and parking renovation at The North Carolina Arboretum which will show how these techniques are working in concert to be stewards of our natural systems.
Drake Fowler is the Arboretum’s chief business officer and chief operations officer. Fowler is a licensed landscape architect in North Carolina and has managed the offices for one of the country’s top design firms. As a landscape architect, he has worked in city planning, site master planning, complete street design, wayfinding, and low impact design. His projects have won national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and are certified platinum for leadership in energy and environmental design.
Link to registration https://www.ncarboretum.org/education-programs/professional-development/continuing-education/
The Charlotte Section will be touring Optimist Hall before it opens to the public followed by a networking event at NoDa Brewing. Members of the NCASLA Executive Committee will also be joining us for this event, so come meet them in person!
Optimist Hall is an adaptive re-use development that is helping to bridge the gap between Uptown and NoDa. The building is an 1890's mill building that is redeveloping space into office, restaurant, food hall, retail, and a brewery. Once it opens, it is anticipated to be one of the go to places in the city. This tour will allow you access to the building and site before it opens to the public.
This event will include a brief tour of the inside of Optimist Hall and then have the opportunity to walk the exterior of the site. Since the site is not complete a hard hat and vest will be required particularly while we are walking through the interior of the building. The office tenant should be leaving at the end of the day, so please use the parking lot at the end of the N. Brevard Street. We will meet under the canopy on the patio adjacent to Parkwood Avenue. Once parked, it will be clearly visible from the parking lot.
After the tour, please join us at NoDa Brewing for a networking event sponsored by Landscape Forms. If you miss the tour, please join us at NoDa Brewing (2921 N Tryon St) from 7pm-830pm.
We look forward to seeing you on May 17th!
*This event will be held rain or shine. RSVP Required for Tour. Email your name and contact information to email@example.com to be added to the list.
As part of World Landscape Architecture Month, NCASLA is hosting the 2019 Golf Tournament & Social on April 26.
To be held at The Crossings Golf Club in Durham, this tournament is sure to offer a good time and even better networking!
2019 NCASLA Golf Tournament & Social
The North Carolina Chapter will be taking over the National Instagram account on April 5th! Keep an eye out!
Join SiteOne Landscape Supply for a free one-hour course designed to provide you with a basic understanding of natural stone thin veneer application. During this course you will also explore the natural stone’s beauty and durability, learn the history and best uses for different types of stone veneer, how thin veneer is produced and common application techniques. After the one-hour classroom portion, we invite you to join our hands-on demonstration of proper installation techniques in our outdoor display. We will also have a lunch without course speaker, facility tours, opportunities to sign up for our monthly plant availability list, and you can meet key suppliers who will be on site.
· Explore the history and best uses for different types of veneer
· Learn how natural stone thin veneer is made and what product variations are available
· Discover the advantages over anchored veneer and manufactured stone
· Learn about application techniques and opportunities
Date: April 4, 2019, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: SiteOne Landscape Supply
12660 US 64 Hwy., E.
Apex, NC 27523
Please RSVP to Blake Hall (Blake.Hall@timmons.com) by March 20, 2019
Landscape Architecture Lecture: Kurt Culberston
April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
LOCATION: Burns Auditorium, NC State College of Design
TIME: 6 p.m.
Plan to attend the Richard C. Bell lecture by Kurt Culbertson of Design Workshop entitled "Toward an Ecology of the City"
Kurt Culbertson, Chairman and CEO of Design Workshop, an urban design, land planning, and landscape architecture firm with offices in Aspen, Colorado, and nine other cities. Mr. Culbertson received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate from Southern Methodist University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Landscape Architecture from the Edinburgh College of Art. Mr. Culbertson is a former Fulbright scholar, and a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Urban Design Forum, and Dumbarton Oaks. He has received 35 national and state awards for his work, including the Pierre L’Enfant Award for International Planning from the American Planning Association and the 2013 Award of Excellence in Planning from the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2016, he was awarded the ASLA Medal – the highest honor bestowed on a member of ASLA.
View the lecture program with more information about the speaker, the lecture and links to other LAR lectures.
Continuing Education credit will be available for the lecture.
SiteOne is hosting a one-hour course on natural stone veneer at their Mooresville location on March 28th from 11:30am to 1:30pm. There will be lunch with the speaker, facility tours, opportunities to sign up for their monthly plant availability list, and you can meet key suppliers on site as well. This event will be available for 1 LACES HSW credit. Please keep a look out for an EVITE and RSVP by March 20th so SiteOne can plan accordingly for food.
We look forward to seeing you all out there!
Please join NCASLA--Coastal Section at the NCASLA table (10 seat capacity)
WDI Economic Luncheon: Resilience and Growth: Downtown and Beyond Downtown
Keynote Speakers: Governor Roy Cooper, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo & New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2019--11:30 am to 1:00 pm
WHERE: Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt Street
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Please reserve your seat at the NCASLA table by clicking HERE
NCASLA Members $25.00 (Over 50% savings!)
REGISTER BY: 03/22/19 (Space is limited to ten total tickets. Early registration advised)
For more event info: https://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/events/2019-downtown-economic-series-luncheon
DesignSprint 2019 | The Landscape of Climate Change- March 20-23, 2019
Sponsored by NC State Design, Department of Landscape Architecture
Design thinking can play a key role in building strategies to address the issues brought on by climate change, such as sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, fires, and drought. The nature of these issues demands a diversity of views and multidisciplinary approaches in order to develop innovative solutions that can strengthen communities’ resilience. Although it is a short time frame, DesignSprint offers a dedicated forum for exploring the possibilities of fun, intensive, and collaborative work in service to designing solutions to one of the grand challenges of our time. It is a continuation, and an adaptation of the previous DesignWeek model but will emphasize process and encourage ideas in addition to our previous efforts visualizing living with floods.
About teaming, advising, and other roles
We welcome NCASLA Members to participate during DesignSprint. We realize that not everyone can participate for the entire 4-day period. We are most interested in your availability in the afternoon of Wednesday March 20 (to advise students) and/or the morning of Saturday March 23 (to serve as the jury reviewing team proposals).
Therefore, we ask that you take a few minutes to participate in the survey linked here: https://goo.gl/forms/Tdg9p3Ss82bYvJvw1
The survey will ask at what level you are able to participate and your preferred topic. This information will be used for planning so please try to fill out the survey as soon as possible.
Keynote Speaker confirmed! Ignacio Bunster-Ossa
Since our last information session, we have confirmed that Ignacio Bunster-Ossa will be the Keynote Speaker Tuesday March 19. Mr. Bunster-Ossa is a distinguished landscape architecture practitioner, leading the landscape architecture practice group at AECOM, and serving as chair of the climate change task force for the Landscape Architecture Foundation. For more on Ignacio see this link: https://mcharg.upenn.edu/people/ignacio-bunster-ossa
Creativity and Design Process
We are also happy to have Dr. Ryan Hargrove come and be a part of DesignSprint 2019. Ryan teaches at the University of Kentucky, and has extensive research and practice experience helping groups unlock their creative process. Ryan will help to kickstart the first full day of DesignSprint and be available to assist teams through the process. For more on Ryan please see this link: https://ukla.ca.uky.edu/person/ryan-hargrove
A note about the intent of the event
Although the context of this effort is climate change, the emphasis of DesignSprint 2019 is on BIG IDEAS. Over four days, we hope to simulate the combinations of talent and skills needed to generate, interrogate, and share creative ideas that could lead to solutions to combat the impacts of climate change. No one is expecting the answer to these complex challenges in a compressed time frame. However, BIG IDEAS, well thought through and articulated, can alter conversations, point in unexplored directions, and lead to unexpected consequences as we strive to address one of the grand challenges of our time. Hence Design Sprint 2019 will offer a program that includes workshops/work sessions, expert consultancy, and inspiring talks and conversations from March 20 to March 23, 2019.
Please join us on Tuesday, March 19 for the Design Sprint keynote lecture by Ignacio Bunster-Ossa of AECOM entitled "Living with Climate Change, By Design". The lecture will begin at 6:00 pm in Burns Auditorium.
Ignacio Bunster-Ossa is Chair of the Task Force on Climate Change at the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). Based in Arlington, Virginia, Ignacio leads AECOM’s national practice in landscape architecture. He is recognized professionally for award-winning work spanning regional open space, communities, parks, plazas, waterfronts and streetscapes. Noted projects include the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C., and the SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus in Bethlehem PA - which received the Brunner Award and the ULI Global Award of Excellence. He is co-author of Green Infrastructure: a Landscape Approach, and Reconsidering Ian McHarg: the Future of Urban Ecology, published by Planners Press.
Attached is the Bunster-Ossa lecture program with more information about the speaker, the lecture and links to other LAR lectures.
Continuing Education credit will be available for the lecture.
NCASLA Triangle Section Social @ Bond Brothers
Join other Triangle Section members for a beers and networking at Bond Brothers in Cary. Jordan Gussenhoven with Chatham Street Commercial will be joining us to tell us a little bit about what they have been working on in the Downtown Cary area.
NCASLA Triangle Social
March 19, 2019 5-7 PM
Bond Brothers Beer Company
202 East Cedar Street,
Cary, NC 27511
There’s no cost to the event, and drinks are on your own.
Our Beloved Fountain: Making Water Features Sustainable - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Date: March 19, 2019
Time: 02:00PM - 03:00PM
You must be registered to participate!
Fountains are beloved features in many public places and contribute to quality of life while adding environmental benefits, particularly during hot summer months. However, many parks departments and commissioning bodies shy away from installing them due to the perceived high cost of installation and ongoing maintenance. Some recurring questions neighborhoods may face are whether alternative funding models can keep the water flowing if a city or town won’t perform regular upkeep. What are the impacts of a dormant fountain? What are the environmental effects, both positive and negative? We will explore these questions, explain the typical pool, pass through and recirculating systems, and share insights on sustainable best practices.
Hosted by the ASLA Water Conservation Professional Practice Network
Understand the social value of fountains and water features while balancing the economic and environmental costs of designing and maintaining them in the context of sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line (TBL).
Familiarize oneself with the basics of water feature layout and design to understand the requirements of equipment maintenance and minimize water waste.
Provide some examples of converting non-sustainable water features into sustainable ones through recirculation, filtration, and active management.
Michael Igo, Affil. ASLA, LEED AP, PE, Aqueous Consultants, LLC
To register for the live event: Click Here
As part of World Landscape Architecture Month, NCASLA is organizing a month-long “Instagram Takeover” to feature the work of our state’s firms! The takeover will be held from April 1 - April 30, 2019. Members will have the opportunity to “take over” the NCASLA Instagram account for at least one day, showcasing their work through posts of their choosing. The takeover will be similar to the Instagram takeover that National ASLA has organized in the past.
This will help NCASLA improve our social media content, increase our follower base, and improve awareness about the exciting work that our members are doing in NC and beyond! If you would like to participate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 11, 2019.
Rules are as follows:
You may post up to 7 posts per day, and an unlimited amount of Instagram stories. Feel free to include multiple images or videos in each post. NCASLA may share your Instagram posts to Facebook and Twitter.
Include the hashtags #WLAM2019 #LandscapeArchitecture and #NCASLA
Post only landscape architecture related content.
Please tag your business account and the accounts of those you have collaborated with, if applicable. We highly encourage you to tag all the allied professionals you have worked with on your project such as, but not limited to, planners, engineers, surveyors, soil scientist, ecologists, general contractors, landscape contractors and your clients!
Be sure to provide image credit where applicable.
By participating in NCASLA’s Instagram Takeover, your firm gives NCASLA permission to use posted images for other NCASLA initiatives (including, but not limited to, Advocacy Day publications).
What: Coastal Section Social
When: Tues, March 5th—6-8PM
Where: Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve
1007 N 4th St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Please join us for an informal NCASLA Coastal section gathering. We can talk about interests and ideas for the coming year.
RSVP is requested- send an email to email@example.com
Hope to see you there!
Landscape Architecture Lecture: Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
DATE: Wednesday, February 27th
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Burns Auditorium, NC State College of Design
Christine Ten Eyck of Ten Eyck Landscape Architects in Austin Texas will be speaking on Wednesday, February 27 at 6 pm in Burns Auditorium. Ms. Ten Eyck is known for her pioneering use of native desert plants in southwest landscapes and more recently for her rigorously sustainable campus projects.
All are Welcome.
Organizer College of Design
For more info visit: https://design.ncsu.edu/event/landscape-architecture-lecture-ten-eyck-landscape-architects/
Hands-on Workshop Title: Applying BIM Workflows to Site Design and Documentation (2 hour HSW CEU approval pending with NCBOLA)
Building design professionals are increasingly adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) in their projects and asking Landscape Architects to use the same processes. This workshop will introduce site-specific BIM processes and describe how current technology supports Landscape Architecture professionals as they use these workflows in their site design, analysis and documentation.
Participants in this workshop will learn how imported files from allied professionals can be converted to information modeling objects, such as digital terrain models (DTM), from which design and analysis can proceed.
Discover how quickly parametric objects, like walls with constructed components, can be utilized to affect the other smart hybrid objects in proposed site development.
Realize efficiencies gained by using referenced viewport tools to develop enlarged plans and live section views, further linking documentation throughout the project.
Please arrive at 11:30am so we can get settled into our seats with our lunches. Laptops are not necessary, but could be useful to allow you to follow along with the presentation. If you do bring a laptop, please use this time to get set up, and download and install the software for a 30 day evaluation license by February 20th. To download, contact Jay Lawson (firstname.lastname@example.org phone 443-542-0688) and he can arrange for the serial number, or you can visit the website
https://www.vectorworks.net/trial/form to do the same.
Learn how to protect your property and improve the natural environment by stabilizing the stream in your backyard. Learn from NC State University experts about practical, cost-effective solutions using natural materials and native plants to create a healthy streamside environment.
Daniel Vasini of West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture will address the critical role of landscape architecture within the context of large-scale urban master planning and design, the legacy of American campus design and Innovation Districts.