September 2016

LAF has been working hard to synthesize the messages from our June Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future and will deliver a draft of the New Landscape Declaration at the ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The Declaration will serve as the call to action for the profession to help solve the defining issues of our time. To see some of the key themes, check out our recently release documentary on the Summit or explore recordings of the full proceedings, which are now available on our website.
Barbara Deutsch
Executive Director

Landscape architecture is a practice with inquiry at its core. But how and why do we undertake research? Where does basic research fit in? And how might we better transform knowledge into practice? On Oct 21 at the ASLA Annual Meeting, LAF will join Eric Kramer of Reed Hilderbrand and Kate Orff of SCAPE for an interactive panel to consider these questions. To prepare, we want to know how practitioners are using and engaging in research. If you are a landscape architecture practitioner, please take a few moments to complete our short 6-question survey.

Couldn't attend LAF's Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future back in June? Want to revisit and share some of the ideas presented?  Check out The New Landscape Declaration, a 20-minute documentary featuring exclusive interviews and recorded footage from the Summit. The film highlights key themes from this critical, provocative, and inspirational examination of the role of landscape architecture in addressing the challenges our our time and the next 50 years. Interviewees include James Corner, Gina Ford, Randy Hester, Mario Schjetnan, Martha Schwartz, Kongjian Yu, and many more.

On Friday, Sept 16, LAF teamed up with BrightView and Island Press to celebrate PARK(ing) Day 2016. We took over two metered parking spaces in downtown Washington, D.C. to create a parklet complete with a sitting area, outdoor library, and photo garden. This global, annual event emboldens citizens and organizations to reclaim parking spaces to create temporary public parks to inspire and advance dialogue about how we use our urban public space.

LAF is seeking a highly-organized, creatively-analytical, results-oriented Program Manager to support our Landscape Performance Series initiatives. The full-time, 40 hour/week position in Washington, DC offers a first-hand opportunity to guide transformative research and promote "next practices" in sustainable design. Arianna Koudounas, who served in this role since 2014, is moving on to new opportunities in the urban planning field. Best wishes, Arianna!

$25,000 LAF Fellowship for Leadership & Innovation
Apply to advance a project that creates knowledge and empowers landscape architecture. Applications due 12/1.
LAF Annual Benefit
Join us in New Orleans on Fri, Oct 21 for great food, live jazz, and an open bar. Advance rate ends 10/7.
Special Thanks
LAF is excited to announce that Rain Bird has become a new program sponsor for the Landscape Performance Series. A loyal LAF supporter, Rain Bird develops products and technologies to use water more efficiently. Their commitment extends beyond their products to education, training, and services related to responsible water use and conservation. 
LAF on the Road

Grand Rapids, MI
Sept 28-29

Blacksburg, VA
Oct 4-6
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 5-7

New Orleans, LA
Oct 21-24

Washington, DC
Nov 1-4

Campaign  Corner

Did You Know?
Funds from LAF's 50 & Forward Campaign will be used to create two new annual $25,000 grants for research that contributes to new ideas and investigations in landscape performance. This research will benefit all who work to measure impact and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.


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