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The annual ASLA Expo always has a lot to offer: great speakers, fantastic tours, demonstrations, and informative education sessions. But this year is bound to be something different, given the city, New Orleans, and the time of year, Halloween. Each expo registrant undoubtedly gets a shiver of anticipation like a child on Christmas Eve just thinking about the exploration and cultural immersion that awaits in New Orleans come October 30-November 3. It goes to show that the ASLA had a sense of adventure when planning this year's "Fusion of Culture and Place."

An energetic and festive atmosphere will undoubtedly stir up the expo, along with the keynote speakers: Dr. Richard Jackson, MPH, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC's) National Center for Environmental Health; business analyst Joel Kotkin; Steve Thomas of PBS's "This Old House"; and political consultant James Carville.

Dr. Richard Jackson

Dr. Richard Jackson will address Friday's general session on environmental health issues in the context of design landscapes. Dr. Jackson will relate how what we design and build affects our health and behavior. His convictions are based on his work as a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and as CDC director. His work has focused on such environmental health issues as cancer, radiation, asthma, lead poisoning in children, birth defects, toxicology, and pesticides.

Joel Kotkin

Also speaking at Friday's general session is Joel Kotkin, an internationally recognized authority on economic, political and social trends. He is the author of The New Geography, and Tribes: How Race, Religion and Identity Determine Success In the New Global Economy. He writes a monthly column, "Grass-Roots Business" in the Sunday New York Times, columns in the Los Angeles Business Journal,, and contributions to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Forbes ASAP. He is also a contributing editor to the Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times, and was the West Coast editor for Inc. Magazine.

Steve Thomas

In the tradition of providing a different, yet relative perspective to landscape architecture, ASLA presents Steve Thomas of the television show "This Old House" as the Saturday general session keynote speaker. Thomas' experience ranges from renovation of historic buildings to sailing. He is the author of This Old House Kitchens, This Old House Bathrooms, and Homeowner's Manual. His unique experiences will provide landscape architects with an alternative view of their work.

James Carville

Sunday's speaker is the boisterous author, speaker, television co-host, political advisor James Carville, who has a knack of helping underdog political candidates succeed. Carville has advised senators, mayors, governors, foreign ministers, and presidents. Carville has written numerous books, including: We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; And the Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr; Stickin'; and Buck Up,Suck Up…and Come Back When You Foul Up. Carville is now a co-host with Paul Begala on CNN's "Crossfire."

The ASLA meeting and expo is also studded with 51 educational sessions, 20 mini-shops, and 11 different tours. From canoeing the Atchafalaya to designing aquatic play areas, the events cover a huge range of topics and activities, supplying visitors with lots of opportunities to pick up a few new skills, or learn about a new profession.

Educational Sessions:

51 Ways to Enhance Your Abilities

Friday, October 31 o 10:15 am – 11:45 am

A1. Educating About Smart Growth for Healthy Lifestyles
Intermediate o Track: House Rules
PennSCAPE's (Pennsylvania Strategies, Codes and People Environments) multidisciplinary team will discuss this multimedia program for neighborhood planning and design that has been created to educate citizens, developers, and municipal officials about smart growth strategies. More info at:

A2. The Emerging Culture of Green Roof Technology
Intermediate o Track: The Green Machine
Learn the basics of green roof technology, the cultural and environmental basics, and learn the requirements for designing a green roof.
More info at:

A3. Saving Downtown: Balancing Economics and Authenticity
Intermediate o Track: Getting There
Participants learn to balance historic preservation with new design. More info at:

A4. Principles and Practice of River Restoration and Design
Intermediate o Track: Ebb & Flow
Practitioners will learn about integrating riverfronts and designs into ecologically and biologically sustainable environments.
More info at:

A5a. Meeting of the Minds
Introductory o Track: Your Tool Box
Attendees learn to manage meetings to be efficient and successful. Learn tools to help facilitate group process designs, consensus building, and communication.
More info at:

A5b. CEO Round Table-Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Advanced o Track: Your Tool Box
Leaders of several companies and one federal agency will talk about how they are adjusting to the morphing economy.
More info at

A6. Specification Fundamentals and Software for Landscape Architecture
Intermediate o Track: Practice This!
This session covers the importance of organizing, coordinating, qualifying, and editing specifications. Participants will learn to create quality specifications. More info at: Pbrosnahan or EFSmith

A7. The Crescent City
Intermediate o Track: Meaningful Places
New Orleans is a study in cultural diversity and influences. Participants will study the development of the "Big Easy"

A8. Rocks, Trees, Rivers: State of the Art in Digital Landscape Modeling
Intermediate o Track: LandTech Going Digital
A survey of CAD software tools, including AutoCAD; 3Dstudio Max and VIZ; FormZ; VectorWorks; Maya, Rhino; and ArcGIS.
More info at: servin

Friday, October 31 o 1:45pm – 3:13 pm

B1. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Intermediate o Track: House Rules
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) reviews how to reduce crime through mechanical, natural and procedural methods. Attendees examine CPTED guidelines and approaches from law enforcement and resident perspectives. More info at:

B2. Ecological Infrastructure: A Primer for Integrated Wastewater Management
Intermediate o Track: The Green Machine
From ancient civilizations to modern Europe, the session will examine ecological alternatives to conventional infrastructure systems.
More info at:

B3. Applying Context Sensitive Design at a Site Scale: Beyond Engineering Rhetoric
Intermediate o Track: Getting There
Participants learn how to work with engineers, transportation departments, and Context Sensitive Design (CSD).
More info at:

B4. Fuzzy Edges Between Green and Blue: How Designers Are Reshaping Aquatic Shorelines
Intermediate o Track: Ebb & Flow
This session seeks to develop awareness of often-neglected water landscapes. The scale, analysis, limitations and alternatives of water-based projects will be studied. More info at:

B5. Planning for Retirement: Reaching Your Goal
Introductory o Track: Your Tool Box
Learn how to choose a retirement plan for your goals, and how the plan into your business. More info at:

B6. Making Arbitration Work for You
Intermediate o Track: Practice This!
Avoiding disputes, keeping proper records, and identifying the four areas of dispute resolution (negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation) are the theme of this session. Attendees learn about importance and limits of contract content, and how to win disputes. More info at:

Friday, October 31 o 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

C1. "Life As We Know It Will Never Be the Same After 9-11."
Intermediate o Track: House Rules
Security in design is becoming more of a focus in the industry. This session will examine how design professionals can address this issue and implement it into their work. More info at:

C2. Applying Landscape Ecology to Restoration in Developing Areas
Intermediate o Track: The Green Machine
Human interaction with restored landscapes can be motivated by the right design. Participants will learn how to relate ecological concepts to restoration design, and will develop their ability to critically examine existing restoration projects. More info at:

C3. The American Parkway: Culture, Place, and Collaboration
Intermediate o Track: Getting There
This session examines the Canal Parkway as an example of successful design based on collaboration between landscape architects, engineers, and other disciplines.
More info at:

C4. The Neponset River Daylighting Project
Intermediate o Track: Ebb & Flow
Daylighting concepts, such as those used on the Neponset River, can be integrated into high-use areas with innovative bioengineering techniques. More info at:

C5. Time and Stress Management
Introductory o Track: Your Tool Box
A humorous and informative presentation on money and time management, customer satisfaction, stress reduction and effective business management.
More info at:

C6. "LARE Survival"
Introductory o Track: Practice This!
CLARB and LARE Preparation Committee members will disclose changes to the LARE exam, and discuss how to prepare for it.
More info at:

C7. Memories from the Mist: Interpreting Multiple Layers of History at Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery
Intermediate o Track: Meaningful Places
Participants will use the Chalmette Battlefield as an example of how to manage historic landscapes for multiple uses. More info at:

C8. Approaching Technology As a Design Process
Intermediate o Track: LandTech Going Digital
With the increasing complexity of technological applications, this session will help professionals how to make it fit into their design processes. More info at:
Saturday, November 1 o 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

D1. Landscape Codes and Culture, the Visual Effects
Intermediate o Track: House Rules
This session covers how landscape codes affect projects, and how they relate to designs. Examine the first photographic data base to manifest codes into visuals that help the landscape architect understand how the laws will affect their designs. More info at:

D2. Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements-Design and Construction
Intermediate o Track: The Green Machine
The use of permeable interlocking concrete pavements has been listed by the EPA as a best management practice for treating pollutants in stormwater runoff and supporting vehicles for roads and parking lots. Participants will learn to choose surfaces and bases, how to size it for their particular uses, and will attain written construction specifications for the interlocking concrete pavements. More info at:

D3. From the Beach to the Mountains: Universal Design for All
Introductory o Track: Getting There
Accessibility to beaches, docks, trails, campgrounds and other facilities will be addressed, and the new design guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act.

D4. Gulf Coast Conservation and Restoration Issues
Intermediate o Track: Ebb & Flow
As a precursor to Session E4-Case Studies: Restoration and Reclamation Projects in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, this session will cover the ethics and techniques of wetlands use in the development of the Gulf Coast. More info at:

D5a. Demystifying Those Mysterious Fellows
Introductory o Track: Your Tool Box
Participants will learn about the nomination and selection of ASLA Fellows.
More info at:

D5b. Making the Transition to Running Your Own Firm
Intermediate o Track: Your Tool Box
Study the pros and cons of starting an independent practice, address issues surrounding the matter, and ethical issues that arise with clients. More info at:

D6. What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: The American Standard for Nursery Stock
Intermediate o Track: Practice This!
Participants will discuss the implications of ANSI 260.1, which states: "All plant material shall conform to the American Standard for Nursery Stock." More info at:

D7. Slave Landscape and Life in Low Country Plantations: Myth and Reality
Intermediate o Track: Meaningful Places
Attendees will gain an understanding of slave life of South Carolina, and discover aspects of the landscape that are important in interpreting historical sites.
More info at:

D8. Digital Site Analysis: Visualizing the Layers of Space, Culture, and Place
Intermediate o Track: LandTech Going Digital
The objective of this session is to examine how digital technologies can help in analyzing a site for design, development and preservation. Technology covered includes FormZ; ElectricImage; Adobe Photoshop; Premiere; PowerPoint; and Macromedia Director. More info at:

E1. The New Regulatory Landscape: Stormwater Phase II
Intermediate o Track: House Rules
Learn how to integrate the EPA's new requirement for cities to submit stormwater management plans that cover construction and the life of the project. More info at:

E2. Introduction of a New Distributed Split-Flow Stormwater Design Strategy
Intermediate o Track: The Green Machine
This decentralized on-site stormwater design strategy is designed to reproduce the same levels of runoff rates, quality, evaporation and groundwater recharge as preproduction levels. Participants will learn about the split-flow strategy, the ecological benefits, and the costs of implementing this system.
More info at:

E3. Learning from the 2003 Rail-Trail Design Recognition Awards
Intermediate o Track: Getting There
Participants will learn to implement winning bike and pedestrian designs from the ASLA Rail-Trail Recognition Awards program.
More info at

E4. Case Studies: Restoration and Reclamation Projects in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Arizona
Intermediate o Track: Ebb & Flow
A companion session to D4-Gulf Coast Conservation 7 Restoration Issues, the session will review current restoration projects in the United States. Attendees will learn what questions to ask when addressing ecological concerns, and learn to understand restoration approaches for different landscapes. More info at:

E5. Winning Strategies: ASLA Professional Awards Jury Discussion
Introductory o Track: Your Tool Box
The ASLA 2003 Professional Awards jury discusses what makes a winning entry. Attendees will learn how to successfully prepare an entry, and understand the judging criteria. More info at:

E6. Post WTO Entry: American Landscape Architects Opportunities in China
Introductory o Track: Practice This!
As China enters the World Trade Organization, its design market also opens up a huge landscaping demand. Participants will learn about China's markets, cultural differences, and the procedures for practicing there.
More info at:

E7. The Landscape of Ragdale: Country House to Artist Retreat
Introductory o Track: Meaningful Places
This session will use the Howard Van Doren Shaw estate, which is the site for artists-in-residence, to help participants learn to prepare a cultural landscape report and master plan. More info at:

E8. A Prototype for Interactive e-Education and Visualization
Introductory o Track: LandTec Going Digital
Participants will learn about acquiring and completing continued education through interactive computer applications created with macromedia Authorware; AutoCAD; LANDCADD; form-Z and Photoshop. More info at:

Sunday, November 2 o 8:30 am – 10:00 am

F1. Green Infrastructure: Achieving LEED Standards with Creative Site Design
Intermediate o Track: House Rules
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system helps landscape architects design more energy and water-efficient projects. Participants will understand how LEED ratings are applied to design.
More info at:

F2. A Comprehensive Approach for Protecting Water Quality: Regional Planning, Assessing Impervious Area and Appropriate Stormwater Management Techniques
Advanced o Track: The Green Machine
This session will cover growth management planning methods used to assist regional water quality planning. Attendants will learn about developments in impervious surfaces and covers, and discover how to choose the best stormwater management techniques for overdevelopment. More info at:

F3. Walkability's Unique Role in Creating High-Quality Public Space and Community
Level: Intermediate o Track: Getting There
Partakers will learn the 10 keys to making a walkable community that enhances the livability of an area. More info at:

F4. New Environmental Issues on the NYC Waterfront: a Range of Viewpoints Responding to Recent Biological, Climatic, and Structural Changes in N.Y. Harbor
Intermediate o Track: Ebb & Flow
A marine biologist, an ecological restorationist, a climatologist, and the manager of Manhattan's new major waterfront park will discuss techniques used on New York City's harbor front with regard to environmental issues.

F5. Public Partnerships to Create a City of Trees
Introductory o Track: Your Tool Box
Based on the large-scale tree survey in Washington, D.C., by GCA Casey Trees, this session will look at the importance of tree inventories in design, explore volunteer implementation and education, and learn to use GIS-enabled personal digital assistants for citizen-based inventories.

F6. Whatcha Gonna Do? Part II<br /> Intermediate o Track: Practice This!
The ASLA's ethics committee will discuss the ethics of the landscaping industry.
More info at:

F7. Santa Fe County's Alternative to Sprawl
Intermediate o Track: Meaningful Places
Santa Fe has fallen victim to adobe-laden urban sprawl. However, county government, developers, and citizens have come together to battle the spreading sprawl. Participants will see how landscape architects can improve community development and how to approach sprawl problems despite diverse interests.
More info at:

F8. Creating the Digital Design Practice
Intermediate o Track: LandTech Going Digital
What is current and future use of digital technology in design careers? Learn how to use GPS, GIS, relational databases, visualization, and the internet to create designs.
More info at:

Exhibitor Mini-Shops:
Short, Packed, Efficient
Choosing what educational session to attend next, or which tour to take can lead to anxiety. Mini-shops may be your prescription. The sessions provide 20 minutes of action-packed information.

Friday, October 31 o 1:45pm – 5:00pm

See How the Garsy Garden System Works
1:45pm – 2:05pm
By GARSY Garden Systems, Guy Vermeeren,
Export Director
Surface Drainage
1:45pm – 2:05pm
Presented by Aco Polymer Products, Inc.,
Ray Wofford, National Sales Manager
Biobarrier: The Ultimate Root Control System
2:20pm – 2:40pm
By Biobarrier
Introduction to Glass Fiber-Optic Lighting Technology: Benefits and Uses for Exteriors and Landscape Design
2:20pm – 2:40pm
By Sandra Liotus of Lighting Design, LLC, principal
Building Spray Parks
2:55pm – 3:25pm
By Waterplay Manufacturing, Inc., Tim Arbuthnot, Director of Spray Operations
"Or Equal, or Else." The Landscape Architect's Responsibility in the Selection of "Or Equal" Products
2:55pm – 3:15pm
By Permaloc Aluminum Edging, Bob Anderson, general manager, and Eric Miller, national sales manager
Tree Stakes and Mistakes
3:30pm – 3:50pm
By Wonder Tree Tie, Inc., David Napolitano, president
How to Save One Million Gallons of Water!
3:30pm – 3:50pm
By Todd Valley Farms, Inc., Wayne Thorson
Make Specifications Work for You!!
4:05pm – 4:25pm
By ARCOM Master Systems
Designing Aquatic Play Areas: New Changes that You Need to Consider
4:05pm – 4:25pm
By Rain Drop Products, LLC, Ron George, president
Changes in Wood Preservative Treatments
4:40pm – 5:00pm
Presented by Southern Pine Council
Rubber Liners for Landscape Water Features
4:40 pm – 5:00pm
By Firestone Building Products Company

Saturday, November 1 o 4:15pm – 5:10pm

Sustainable, Vegetated Earth
Retention Systems
4:15pm – 4:35pm
By Presto Products Company – Geosystems
Mammoth Grip Sprinkler Spacers
4:15pm – 4:35pm
By StarSIGHT Innovations
Permeable Paving and LEED
4:50pm – 5:10pm
By Pavestone Company
Skate Parks
4:50pm – 5:10pm
By Huna Designs, exclusive manufacturers of Woodward ramps and rails

Sunday, November 2 o 9:00am – 9:55am

Combining Security with Good Design
9:00am – 9:20am
By Dura Art Stone, Inc., Thomas Seifert, president
Pressure-Treated Wood and New Generation Products
9:00am – 9:20am
By Arch Wood Protection, Inc., Pam Mitchell, manager
Design Utilizing Architectural Concrete Paving and Set Your Projects Apart from the Crowd
9:35am – 9:55am
Presented by Bomanite Corporation

Professional Tours:
Oh, the Places You Will Go!

What better way to see New Orleans and still call it work than to hitch up with one of the professional tours!

T01. Crosby Arboretum
8:00am – 1:00pm
Moderate walking: $30 per person

T02. Plantations on Parade
8:15am – 5:30pm
Moderate walking: $80 per person

T03. Close Quarters: The Warehouse District, Marigny, and Bywater
8:30am – 12:30pm
Moderate to long walk: $20 per person

T04. Gardens on the Bayou Ridge (including Longue Vue Garden)
8:30am – 12:30pm
Moderate walking: $24per person

T05. Strolling through the Quarter
9:00am – 1:00pm
Long walk: $25 per person

T06. Touring the Magical Atchafalya
9:00am – 5:00pm
Easy walking with various physical challenges

T07. Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial
10:00am – 12:00pm
Moderate walking: $35 per person

T08-T11. French Quarter (Vieux Carre)
"Secret Gardens"
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (T08); 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (T09); 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (T10); 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (T11).
Long walk: $40 per person

T12. New Orleans Old and New Parks
1:00pm – 5:30pm
Moderate to long walk: $40 per person

Poster Session Reviews:
Words with the Author

ASLA is featuring sessions with authors and facilitators of landscaping interest where they will conduct in-depth discussion with attendees.

Saturday, November 1 o1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

P01. Synergies between Transportation, Land Use, Sustainability, and the Community
David Yocca, ASLA, AICP, director of landscape architecture and planning at the Conservation Design Forum

P02. Schuylkill Gateway: Bridges to Downtown
Eric Goldstein, ASLA, RLA, executive director, University City District, discussing bridges from downtown Philadelphia to University City.

P03. The Power of Outdoor Play
Helle Burlingame, child development specialist for KOMPAN Unique Playgrounds.

P04. Roads: Reworking Convention with Thoughtful Design
Dwight DeMay, ASLA, landscape architect, planner, and senior associate with Hart Howerton Planners

P05. Streetscape Design for Academic institutions
Talitha Fabricius, ASLA, campus landscape architect and senior project manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, talks about meshing form and function of institutional streetscapes.

P06. Play Behaviors and Play Environments: Fusing Children of All Abilities into a Rigorous and Challenging Space
Antonio Malkusak, ASLA director of design for Boundless Playgrounds

P07. Withdrawn Campus Landscape Infrastructure Improvements
Camilla Rice, project manager at the Washington State University, Capital Planning

P08. Narrating Nuclear Landscapes
Melanie Klein, PhD, ASLA associate, assistant professor at Kansas State University, speaks to the function of nuclear landscape reclamations and aesthetics.

P09. Position Behaviors and Play Environments: Fusing of All Abilities into a Rigorous and Challenging Space
Jamie Northrup, president, Jamie Northrop Associates, Inc.

P10. The Emerging Role of Landscape Architects in National Cemetery Design
Jamie Northrup, president, Jamie Northrop Associates, Inc.

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