Virtual Event | May 8, 2024

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This virtual one day conference features national leaders in landscape architecture presenting recent projects and discussions on how the relationship to outdoors spaces has changed in light of the pandemic, the urgencies of climate change, the need for new public spaces, and the drive to create more healthy and engaged connections to our landscapes.

Here are some of the themes we'll explore

  • Reinventing the Commons: Public Squares and Amenities Now
  • Wilderness at Home: The Future of Regional Parks
  • Putting Equity in the Urban Landscape
  • The Past is Present is Future: Memorial Design
  • Facing the Water: Riverside Reclamation

Speakers

Gerdo P Aquino

Co-CEO, Principal

SWA

Pamela Conrad

Founder

Climate Positive Design

Alejandro Vazquez

Director

Field Operations

Isabel Castilla

Associate Partner

Field Operations

Paul Peters

Principal

HOOD DESIGN STUDIO

Jack Murphy

Executive Editor

The Architect's Newspaper

Emily Conklin

Managing Editor

The Architect's Newspaper

Jana Tyrer

Managing Director

mmcité street furniture

Albert Harris

Brand Development Manager

mmcité street furniture

Elaine Willis

Director of Sustainability

Unilock

John Bozeman

West Territory Manager

Bison IP

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Agenda

Times in CT

9:30 - 9:35 AM

Virtual Doors Open - Welcome

9:35 - 9:45 AM

Jana Tyrer
Managing Director
mmcité street furniture
Mark Fusco
National Sales Manager
Bison IP
Elaine Willis
Director of Sustainability
Unilock

9:45 - 10:45 AM

Near the beginning of the pandemic, the world witnessed a dramatic environmental change—clear skies, robust wildlife activity, and a renaissance of urban park use throughout spring and summer 2020 well into following years. A brief lull in fossil fuel-intensive activities provided a fleeting glimpse of a possible future where “business as usual” emissions are curtailed and creative minds come together to shape a more inclusive and adaptive public realm.
Four years later, lessons from the pandemic and climate crisis continue to reshape all aspects of society. At this inflection point for broad-front action, landscape architects find themselves squarely in the center of an evolving dialogue about the role of AEC professionals to adapt our cities and landscapes to a climate-changed world—intertwining equity and environmental goals in projects of all scales. SWA is also evolving, and this lecture will illuminate work we’re doing in the design space as the profession, and the very world we live in, shifts beneath our feet.
Gerdo P Aquino
Co-CEO, Principal
SWA

10:45 - 11:15 AM

Join landscape architect and climate advocate Pamela Conrad in exploring how to support low-carbon nature-based solutions in sites while supporting equity, biodiversity, and community resilience.

Pamela Conrad
Founder
Climate Positive Design

11:15 - 11:25 AM

Break

11:25 - 12:00 PM

Albert Harris
Brand Development Manager
mmcité street furniture
John Bozeman
West Territory Manager
Bison IP
Jana Tyrer
Managing Director
mmcité street furniture

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Break

12:30 - 1:00 PM

Paul Peters
Principal
HOOD DESIGN STUDIO

1:00 - 1:15 PM

Break

1:15 - 1:45 PM

The Underline will transform the vacant land underneath Miami’s elevated Metrorail into a lush linear park. Spanning a distance of 10 miles, this ambitious project poses significant challenges in terms of implementing large-scale planting strategies to transform what is today, a lawn. However, it also presents a valuable opportunity to experiment with innovative re-naturalization strategies within the urban environment that improve site resiliency while also providing a natural backdrop to the park’s trails and twelve community spaces. Learn about some of the techniques Field Operations has developed specifically for this unprecedented infrastructure reuse project, including the integration of dry Rockland swales, bio-retention ponds, and micro-forests utilizing the Miyawaki afforestation method.

Isabel Castilla
Associate Partner
Field Operations
Alejandro Vazquez
Director
Field Operations

1:45 - 2:00 PM

Jack Murphy
Executive Editor
The Architect's Newspaper
Dionne Darling
VP, Brand Partnerships
Architect's Newspaper

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Rooftop decks create valuable living and recreational space for building owners, residents, and clients. Accommodating restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities, and everything from residential to government buildings, rooftop deck systems offer the design flexibility to create versatile, unique outdoor spaces over any structural surface. This course explores the features, surface materials, and design options for rooftop deck systems and provides an overview of recommended planning and installation guidelines.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the key features of deck supports, including their weight bearing capacities, durability, and height and slope adjustability, that enable precise deck leveling and a safe, structurally sound rooftop deck.
  • Recall appropriate installation conditions for rooftop decking systems, and provide installation guidelines to facilitate a durable and level deck installation that meets structural, loading, and building code requirements.
  • Discuss the benefits of rooftop deck systems and their site furnishings, including the health benefits to building occupants and the environmental attributes of the materials used.
  • Describe customization options for rooftop decking systems, and reference case studies to illustrate how a unique, usable outdoor space can be installed over any structural surface.
John Bozeman
West Territory Manager
Bison IP

3:00 - 4:00 PM

The precise intersection of public spaces and people lies in public furniture. Each piece, whether a transit shelter, park bench, or plaza table, is designed for people in the public realm, aiming to include every citizen. In this class, we aim to broaden the understanding of inclusivity within this exact intersection. Public furniture is intended to serve everyone, reflecting the grand idea behind inclusivity and emphasizing the importance of considering it for creating better public spaces.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The first learning objective is to provide a clear definition of inclusivity. There are many derivatives and tangential meanings. We will provide a clear understanding of each of the more popular derivatives. Inclusivity has a history connected to the ADA.
  2. The second learning objective is understanding why inclusivity matters in the public realm. Also, Inclusivity is about creating best practices for designing places with the intent of serving all citizens. Inclusivity uses diversity as its springboard. Inclusivity elevates safety, health, and the
    the welfare of the communities not only in physical and observational ways but also in intangible psychological welcoming ways.
  3. The second learning objective is understanding why inclusivity matters in the public realm. Inclusivity is also about creating best practices for designing places with the intent of serving all citizens. It uses diversity as its springboard. Inclusivity elevates safety, health, and the welfare of the communities not only in physical and observational ways but also in intangible, psychologically welcoming ways.
  4. The fourth learning objective is to lay out some action steps moving forward. Will you be apart or a part? We will challenge designers to use their design voice to provide access to all the components of public space, with a focus on activation for diversity.
Albert Harris
Brand Development Manager
mmcité street furniture

4:00 - 5:00 PM

This course lays the foundation of embodied carbon measurement and concrete role in the grand scheme of building material choices. Discover the characteristics that currently contribute and sequester carbon in today’s concrete while exploring some of the latest innovations. Designing for the landscape realm, we have the opportunity to not just have more informed product choices but also understand how products like concrete pavers and walls can contribute to a climate-positive design through the system in which they are designed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe key gasses that make up our atmosphere.
  2. Identify the key steps in the process of concrete manufacturing to better understand where the carbon hot spots reside and some of the latest innovations in the marketplace.
  3. Identify tangible types of Climate-Positive Design, in large- and small-scale planning scenarios as well as systems within those design that help to deliver NetZero.
  4. Describe the beneficial environmental impacts of permeable pavers on water quality, groundwater sources and sewer systems and their contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gasses.
  5. List the benefits of real product case studies that delivered tangible results to the community and the environment.
  6. Identify scenarios in which ICPs and SRWs can be used in place of poured concrete to reduce the embodied carbon value.


Elaine Willis
Director of Sustainability
Unilock

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$139

  • A Full Day of Learning
  • Inspiring Landscape Architecture
  • Impactful Urban Design
  • Earn 6 AIA HSW or LACES Credits
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$189

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  • Inspiring Landscape Architecture
  • Impactful Urban Design
  • Earn 6 AIA HSW or LACES Credits
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$25

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  • Inspiring Landscape Architecture
  • Impactful Urban Design
  • Earn 6 AIA HSW or LACES Credits

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