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Urban Planning: Transportation Systems and the Landscape, 1 CEU LA CES

Presented by: Paul Saito, Saito Associates Landscape Architects
Friday, March 30th - 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Course Description:

How to improve our urban environment with a clean and beautiful elevated mass transit system. FAST (Fresno Area Sky Train) is proposing an urban maglev system for Fresno and Madera Counties with linkage to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks. This maglev system will include an elevated electrified magnetic levitation train that will be utilizing existing median islands on major arterials in Fresno and Madera Counties. Electric shuttle buses will feed the maglev from city neighborhoods, schools and downtown areas; because the maglev can go up a 10 percent grade, it will also be a means of transportation into the three national parks. Implementing this urban maglev/shuttle bus system will cut down the use of the automobile and improve air quality. Look for urban maglev systems to set the future trend for urban mass transportation around the world.


As President of the firm, Mr. Saito contributes a broad background of experience, a thinking leadership and sensitivity in personal relationships. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), Pomona.

Mr. Saito is a registered Landscape Architect in California and is also certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) to practice landscape architecture in any state requiring licensure.

His experience includes administrative positions with the Cities of Los Angeles and Anaheim. Notable projects during his tenure in municipal employment are parks, municipal buildings, and urban planning. As Landscape Architect for Anaheim, Mr. Saito was personally involved in the landscape design and construction observation of Anaheim Stadium and Anaheim Convention Center.

Mr. Saito believes in the necessity of professional interface as a means of staying ahead of changing conditions. Consequently he has maintained an active position in his profession and community activities. He was International President of the American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) for two terms and elevated to the honored position of "Fellow" in 1974.

Upon the merger of the AILA and the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) in 1980, Mr. Saito was inducted into the "College of Fellows" of the ASLA.

For the past 38 years, Mr. Saito has been in private practice after leaving the City of Anaheim. With offices in Brea, Fresno and San Jose, his offices provided landscape architectural services for over 70 governmental agencies throughout the State, including Cities, Counties, State, and Federal Agencies, Special Park Districts and School Districts.

Mr. Saito currently resides and has his office in Fresno. His most notable project in Fresno is the Shinzen Japanese Garden at Woodward Park, which he designed in 1972. The garden is one of the featured tourist attractions in Fresno.

Paul Saito, FASLA, Owner, Saito Associates Landscape Architects

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