LAF eNewsletter
June 2014
In This Issue
2014 Olmsted Scholars
LPS Collections
New Resources for Educators
Seattle Sweepstakes Trip
New Program Manager
Quick Links
LAF Annual Benefit
Early Bird Rate by 6/20
Join top designers and leaders from practice, academia, and industry on Fri, Nov 21 in the heart of Denver's Theatre District. Enjoy cocktails and fine food while raising money to support LAF's research and scholarship programs. Early Bird rate ends June 20. More
Landscape Performance Series

Director Park

Portland, Oregon

This former parking lot attracts 1,500 people per day in summer, generates $34,000 in gross annual revenue, created jobs, and added economic value to the area.

See Case Study Brief


Fast Fact Library

The first protected bike lanes in the US, on 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan, led to a 35% decrease in injuries to all users on 8th Ave and a 58% decrease on 9th Ave.

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LPS on the Road


Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua, NY  

June 23-24 


ULI Urban Open Space Forum

Detroit, MI

June 26-27
Special Thanks



For nearly 30 years, ValleyCrest has supported LAF through its leadership, service, and sponsorship. ValleyCrest's service on the LAF Board of Directors dates back to the mid-1980s when Burt Sperber helped establish some of LAF's long-running scholarships. More recently, ValleyCrest's Tom Donnelly was instrumental in growing LAF's development initiatives to support the foundation's new program offerings. In addition to their financial support as a loyal Annual Benefit sponsor, ValleyCrest has provided LAF with in-kind and communications support over the years.


"After  studying the LPS Case Study Briefs, students began to articulate deeper theories about the social role of landscape architecture in urban areas, and the many ways design can foster these connections."

-- Aidan Ackerman, Boston Architectural College

We have two new resources to share with you this month. First, a new Resources for Educators area where we've posted precedents and sample materials to help design faculty incorporate landscape performance into their classes. Second, we've unveiled the first wave of Collections that will be part of the new website we're developing for the Landscape Performance Series. We know that this themed content, curated by LAF and leading thinkers, will become an invaluable resource, so check it out.

Barbara Deutsch

Executive Director

Coming Soon: LPS Collections
Content Curated by LAF and Leading Thinkers

In November, LAF will launch a new website to house its award-winning Landscape Performance Series and related resources. The website will feature "Collections" -- themed groups of LPS content curated by LAF and leading thinkers -- as a new way to organize and share content. You'll have to wait for the full functionality, but we've put some Collections together in our blog to give you a preview of this exciting new content: 

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New Resources for Educators
Incorporate Performance in Your Classes This Fall

LAF's Resources for Educators offers sample teaching materials for integrating landscape performance into landscape architecture course offerings, including studios, seminars, and lectures. Select faculty developed the materials while participating in LAF's Landscape Performance Education Grant program, sponsored by the ICPI Foundation for Education and Research. Materials include syllabi, reading lists, and sample student assignments, as well as faculty reflections on their pedagogical approaches and experiences teaching landscape performance.

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Sustainable Destination: Seattle
Sweepstakes Winner Trip Report and Reflections 

Miko Mikus of Athens, GA won the grand prize in LAF's 2013 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes: a one-of-a-kind trip to Seattle, featuring tours of some of the city's most acclaimed landscape architecture projects led by the designers themselves. He traveled in late May and sent this trip report: "Since my first year at UGA, I have wanted to talk to the designer of Gasworks Park. Richard Haag does not disappoint. It was a privilege to hear him tell the stories of the teams that were built, the issues that were confronted, and the risks that were weighed on both sides."

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New LAF Program Manager
Welcome Arianna, Viel Gl�ck Katharine!

Katharine Burgess, AICP, is entering her final week as Program Manager with LAF. Katharine has received a prestigious Bosch Fellowship and will soon depart for Berlin, Germany as one of just 15 young professionals selected to participate in this distinguished professional development program. Arianna Koudounas has joined LAF to take the Program Manager reins. She comes to us from Partners for Livable Communities and brings five years of experience in program development and management, stakeholder facilitation, technical writing, fundraising, and outreach. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Philosophy and is currently pursuing a professional Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University.

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LAF is 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1966 with the mission to protect, improve, and enhance the environment by increasing our collective capacity to achieve sustainability through landscape architecture.


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