Landscape Architecture Conference and Xpo

Monday, March 26, 2018

7:30am - 7pm

Hyatt Regency

Downtown Crossing, Boston

Direct link to REGISTRATION 

 Landscape architects, landscape designers, architects, urban planners, and city-makers; students and professors, firm leaders and emerging professionals; those working in municipalities, in nonprofits, and in communities - any and all who are curious and passionate about parks, plazas, gardens, yards, streetscapes, and open space at all scales - please join the Boston Society of Landscape Architects on March 26 in downtown Boston. 

This will again be an all-day event, with a lively mix of professional workshops and panel discussions around themes of design and planning, horticulture and technology, SITES, and the business of practice.  Join thought leaders from landscape architecture practice and academia, architecture and planning, horticulture and engineering, municipal agencies and other industry experts for 16 different seminars.

From Preparing for Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge; Climate Ready South Boston to Stabilized Stonedust - Done Correctly, Gina Ford, FASLA, on public space to Dr. John Swallow on soils, the conference lineup celebrates the diversity of landscape thinking and practice.  For more on SPEAKERS and SESSIONS, click here.

Austin Blackmon, City of Boston Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, will give the luncheon keynote. 

The Xpo also runs throughout the day, allowing in-depth, one-on-one conversations with vendors, suppliers, and others who help transform great ideas into great landscapes.  Click here for a full list of XPO EXHIBITORS.

The end-of-day SOCIAL presents a fun means to relax with colleagues and friends and get inspired by emerging voices.  The NEXT GEN TALKS Take Two will feature a robust lineup of "lightening" three minute (!) presentations by emerging leaders in landscape architecture practice and academia as well as from public and nonprofit sectors.  (If you're an emerging professional and would like to give one of the Next Gen lightening talks, email the Chapter Office.)

New this year:  PRICING is offered in All Day (4 sessions + lunch + social), Half Day (2 sessions + lunch + social), Lunch Only, or Social Only tickets.  All ASLA members, regardless of chapter, receive member pricing.  There is new, special pricing for students and government employees, too. Back again are group ticket discounts for three or more tickets from a single firm.

GENERAL SCHEDULE

7:30am coffee and registration

8:30am session 1

10:00am morning break

10:30am session 2

12:00pm lunch with keynote

1:30pm session 3

3:00pm afternoon break

3:30pm session 4

5:00pm social featuring Next Gen Talks

The full SESSION SCHEDULE will be posted soon.

LA CES and AIA CEU credit is pending for all sessions.  The full day promises 6.0 credit hours, 1.5 hours per course, with 16 choices of courses to choose from.

Please be in touch with Gretchen with any questions.  Thank you!

REGISTER HERE

A special THANK YOU to collaborating partner Victor Stanley, featured sponsor Belgard, and all of the table sponsors, event partners, and workshop hosts!

Back to 2018 BSLA Conference + Xpo HOME

Collaborating Partner Victor Stanley


Featured Sponsor Belgard

Table Sponsors

Chamelon Ways

Forms + Surfaces

Ideal Concrete Block

John D. Rocco Sales

Landscape Forms

Little Tikes Commercial

Oldcastle

Premier Park & Play

Read Custom Soils

Reflex Lighting

SodCo

Unilock

Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting

Weston Nurseries

Whitacre Greer 

Workshop Sponsors

Green Blue Urban

Kompan

Site One

Weston Nurseries 

Event Partners

COG Design

Patronicity

US Green Building Council, Sustainable SITES Initiative

If you are a vendor and want to participate in the Xpo or are interested in other sponsorship opportunities, contact the  Chapter Office or register online here.  

ASLA membership benefits for Maine LA’s

ASLA membership benefits for Maine LA’s

All of us grapple with the cost of ASLA membership and whether it has value for us as Landscape Architects with Maine-based practices. Paying into a Boston-based Chapter (Maine is a Section of the Boston ASLA Chapter), can be hard to justify.  Probably the most often heard phrase about the cost of ASLA/BSLA membership is, “That is a lot of money for a magazine.”  So that is why we are taking the time here to give you a peek at some of the ‘Maine’ reasons to join or renew your membership.

Bramhall Design Competition

Bramhall Design Competition

It was great to see many familiar faces at the informational kick-off meeting that took place at Peloton Labs— Portland, in early November!  If you missed the first meeting, you still have an opportunity to participate!  Competition entries will be presented at Peloton Labs on Thursday, December 7 from 6-8pm. Please RSVP

MaineASLA/PSA/ AIA Mapping Event

 Please join MaineASLA colleagues along with the Portland Society for Architecture (PSA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for a fun filled evening of mingling and participation in PSA's community engagement program: The Complete City.     "The Complete City is a mapping project that provides a  blank map  of Portland; 5,000 currently being distributed throughout the city, as well as online access ( www.thecompletecity.com ). It asks citizens to share what they love, don't love, and wish were different in our small, but great city. It is PSA’s hope to collect as many maps as possible from a wide range of neighborhoods and people who live and work in Portland. These  maps  will create a new vision of and for Portland that stems entirely from the diverse voices of the people who live here to help us grow a Sustainable, Responsible, Creative community. The mapping visuals and results will be available for review and conversation at Space Gallery on September 27th, followed up by a collaborative discussion in October."  Even if you do not live in Portland your attendance is welcomed and encouraged! Be a part of the conversation. Network. Enjoy a beverage with the group!

Please join MaineASLA colleagues along with the Portland Society for Architecture (PSA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for a fun filled evening of mingling and participation in PSA's community engagement program: The Complete City.   

"The Complete City is a mapping project that provides a blank map of Portland; 5,000 currently being distributed throughout the city, as well as online access (www.thecompletecity.com). It asks citizens to share what they love, don't love, and wish were different in our small, but great city. It is PSA’s hope to collect as many maps as possible from a wide range of neighborhoods and people who live and work in Portland. These maps will create a new vision of and for Portland that stems entirely from the diverse voices of the people who live here to help us grow a Sustainable, Responsible, Creative community. The mapping visuals and results will be available for review and conversation at Space Gallery on September 27th, followed up by a collaborative discussion in October."

Even if you do not live in Portland your attendance is welcomed and encouraged! Be a part of the conversation. Network. Enjoy a beverage with the group!

What: Mingling + "The Complete City" Community Engagement Exercise

 

Where: Novare Res, 4 Canal Plaza, Portland ME

When: Tuesday, September 19th, Starts at 6pm

Who: MaineASLA, PSA, AIA

Post + Check Events: Website Calendar

We continue to hear great feedback about the new MaineASLA website. The well-designed and vibrant website gives a platform for Maine LA’s to promote their work and the public to better understand the importance of our profession in the state.   

One of the features on the homepage is the Calendar. We will be posting events of interest to Maine Landscape Architects, all over the state, and we hope that you will see this as YOUR opportunity to promote an event that you want your peers to know about. Are you leading a public community design charrette? Is there an interesting film, presentation or educational opportunity Maine LA’s should know about? Get it out there! Be loud and proud.

Email us @ info@maineasla.org for consideration. This promises to be a great resource and tool for engagement.

The Wild Seed Project

Jennifer Claster, ASLA, a Maine-Licensed Landscape Architect, and Maine Section member, serves on the board of the Wild Seed Project, a non-profit dedicated to returning native plants to the Maine landscape.  The Wild Seed Project sells the seeds of Maine native species, teaches people how to propagate the plants, and provides information about how to use the plants in the landscape. It maintains an information-packed website, offers walks and talks around the state, and publishes an annual, advertising-free publication called Wild Seed magazine, which is on-sale at bookstores, nurseries, and other Maine retailers and online.  This year, Jennifer was the magazine’s contributing editor and wrote or contributed to several articles, in addition to participating in editorial meetings and providing artwork and photography.  

 

Because of habitat loss, climate change and competition from invasive species, Maine native plants are severely challenged.   Maine’s native lupine, for example, as Bill Cullina points out in this year’s magazine, hasn’t been spotted for so long that it is considered to be functionally extinct.  As we better understand species specialization and the co-evolutionary relationships between plants and animals, it is becoming increasingly clear how important native species are to the survival of our local fauna.  The Wild Seed Project gives people the tools to grow wild-type Maine native plants, many of which are scarce in the nursery trade, and provides diverse examples highlighting how the plants can be used.  

 

For landscape architects, who may not find it easy to source these plants, the Wild Seed Project offers a way to become more familiar with them and to learn about how they can contribute to designed landscapes.  As we become more comfortable with the plants, landscape architects can create demand for them, hopefully influencing the nursery industry to offer more genetically diverse, wild type native species.  This has happened in other parts of the country and could happen here.  In addition, landscape architects can educate their clients about the plants and find more ways to use them in their designs, increasing their landscape presence.  By becoming members of the Wild Seed Project, landscape architects can immediately make a contribution toward sharing information about native plants and supporting native seeds. Members receive a 20% discount on all seed orders, walks and workshops, and a current issue of Wild Seed magazine.

In addition to Bill Cullina’s article on Maine’s original lupine, the current issue of Wild Seed magazine features articles by Larry Weaner on the education of a wild landscape designer, Tom Wessels on biodiversity and climate change in Acadia, and Doug Tallamy on maples, moths and butterflies.  Other stories focus on urban parks; pollinators on roadsides, farms, and gardens; controlling invasive plants; citizen science; animal/plant interactions; hickory nuts; and growing natives from seed. 

This content was contributed by Jennifer Claster, ASLA, President of Claster, a landscape architecture and planning firm located in South Portland, Maine.