LAF eNewsletter
August 2015
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LAF Annual Benefit
Join us in Chicago on Fri, Nov 6 for awe-inspiring skyline views, great food, an open bar, and plenty of mingling with leaders from design practice, academia, and industry.   More
LAF on the Road

Baltimore, MD

Aug 9-14

Washington, DC
Sept 23-25

Nashville, TN
Oct 15-16
Landscape Performance Series
Beating the Heat
It's the height of summer - prime time to enjoy the outdoors in many places. In others, the summer heat sends everyone running for air conditioned comfort. From shade structures to water walls to good old trees and swimming holes, here we showcase landscapes that help people keep cool and enjoy the best of the season.
Special Thanks

LandDesign recently became an Annual Sponsor for the Olmsted Scholars Program, pledging $25,000 over five years to support the premier national award program for landscape architecture students. The firm is also part of LAF's Leadership Circle, providing critical support to the Annual Fund.  LandDesign is an award-winning planning and design firm with six offices across the United States.
" provides an invaluable tool for us to communicate to our clients the benefits of landscape architecture, and the influence and impact our profession can have upon the built environment."
-- Jim Manskey, TBG Partners
To paraphrase Cheryl Barton (see interview below), as public  awareness of resource limitation grows, landscape architects have an extraordinary opportunity to empower clients to create vibrant, future-proofed places. LAF is here to support you with forthcoming case studies, new teaching materials, and research-based resources!
Barbara Deutsch
Executive Director  
New Resources to Teach Landscape Performance
Tested Materials for Your Upcoming Courses
Attention landscape architecture faculty: The Resources for Educators section of now features materials from 10 courses that incorporate landscape performance. Materials include syllabi, reading lists, assignments, sample student work, and faculty reflections. Whether you are looking to devote a class period to landscape performance or use it as an organizing theme for the entire semester, these teaching materials provide you with some tried and tested models .
2015 Case Study Investigation (CSI)
Teams Share Lessons from Performance Evaluation
LAF's 2015 CSI program officially ended on August 7 for the six faculty-student research teams. The 18 resulting Case Study Briefs are undergoing final review and will be released starting in Sept. In the meantime, you can read these reflections from the students and faculty who led the investigations:
Wildlife Infrastructure
A Digital Data Library
As a recipient of SWA's annual Patrick Curran Fellowship, Amanda Kronk wanted to develop a planning and design tool that utilizes datasets to include wildlife migration as a critical component of regional infrastructure. Kronk designed a digital data source library in the form of an interactive infographic that streamlines access to public datasets. The initial phase of the library focuses on avian data, as birds are a keystone species indicating the health of ecosystems .
Your Input Needed
Stormwater Management Preference Survey
Support important landscape research! Landscape architecture professionals, professors, and students are invited to complete a short visual preference survey of urban stormwater management strategies from seven cities across the United States. The study is being conducted by Tum Suppakittpaisarn, a Doctoral student working with Dr. William Sullivan at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Five Questions with...
Cheryl Barton, FASLA, FAAR
The latest to answer the five weighty questions in our exclusive interview series is a landscape architect, sustainable sites educator and the creative director of the O|CB studio in San Francisco. Cheryl reflects on design science, soil, commissioning, and making an impact on the Global Commons. "Although many scientists and writers have documented the correlation between the rise and fall of civilizations and their understanding of soil, this concept must still be better understood at a site-specific level."

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