LAF eNewsletter
September 2014
In This Issue
LAF Annual Benefit
20 New LPS Case Studies
Mini-grants for Educators
Signe Nielsen Interview
Quick Links
LAF Annual Benefit
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. More
Landscape Performance Series

Renaissance Park

Chattanooga, Tennessee

This riverfront project transformed a blighted post-industrial site into a celebrated public park that has been a catalyst for reinvestment and social engagement.

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Fast Fact Library

In an Ontario study, the presence of street trees and living in a mixed land-use neighborhood were the only physical environment features that significantly correlated with more children walking and biking to school.

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LPS on the Road


XTreme LA

Manhattan, KS

Oct 7-9


ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo

Denver, CO 

Nov 21-24 


Special Thanks


Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) has supported LAF through its thought leadership and financial support. Principal Laura Solano serves on the LAF Board of Directors and the firm sponsored and provided exclusive tours for LAF's 2012 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes, which raised nearly $12,000 to support LAF research and scholarship programs.

"CSI has definitely changed the way I view a project. The environmental, social, and economical benefits should be key points of a proposal for any project."

                                                       -- 2014 CSI Research Assistant

It's the time of year when the hard work of the faculty, students, practitioners, and clients who participated in our Case Study Investigation (CSI) program comes to fruition. We've published the first five resulting Case Study Briefs and have over a dozen more on the way this fall to help you find precedents and show the value of high-performing landscapes. We know you use them -- let us know how they've helped you be more successful!

Barbara Deutsch

Executive Director

Coming This Fall: 20 New Case Studies
LPS Database Will House 100 by Year-End

This fall, LAF is rolling out the 20 new case studies that showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of high-performing landscapes. The case studies are the product of LAF's 2014 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program and will bring the total number of case studies in the Landscape Performance Series online database to 100 by year-end. Look for these case studies and more as we publish several new ones each week: 

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See All Case Study Briefs

Landscape Performance Education Grants
2nd Round of $2,500 Awards Available for Spring 
LPS Collection: Living Architecture
Curated by Steven W. Peck, GRP 

In November, LAF will launch a new website to house its award-winning Landscape Performance Series and related resources. The website will feature "Collections," as a new way to organize and share content. Steven W. Peck, founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, serves as our first guest curator for this collection of case studies, Fast Facts, and tools. You can learn more about living architecture at the Cities Alive Green Roof and Wall Conference in Nashville Nov 12-15.

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Five Questions With...
Signe Nielsen, FASLA of Mathews Nielsen  

What potential for sustainability most excites you on one of your current projects? What do you need to know, but you don't know right now? What challenge would you give to emerging leaders in the profession? LAF is asking top leaders in landscape architecture these questions. Signe Nielsen, FASLA, founding principal at Mathews Nielsen, responded and shares her thoughts on inspiration, re-envisioning shorelines, and vigilance in this exclusive interview.

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