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California Sierra Chapter





Approximately 20 ASLA members, designers, city employees, and public members investigated complete streets, green streets, and road diets during a design session on future Mack Road corridor improvements at the AIA Central Valley gallery in Sacramento, Calif. The designs will be included in a draft plan to help secure future funding for the project. At the table, partially visible, are (left to right) Chris Kent, John Stevenson, and Levi Rynearson.
Photo: Sally Sheridan, National Parks Service.


In 2013, the California Sierra ASLA chapter led and participated in a variety of activities that focused on improving the quality of life of local communities. From streetscapes and trails to festivals and advocacy for urban open space, chapter members volunteered their time and energy to make a difference in the region. Here are a few examples:

Mack Road Workshop
In January, the Mack Road Partnership requested the chapter's assistance with establishing a new direction for their future corridor improvements. The partnership held a number of community input sessions prior to the event, and created quick design studies that focused on a variety of issues - lighting, intersections, signage, parking, gateways and the Highway 99 interchange. The partnership plans to use the chapter's work product, combined with the public input, to create a draft plan for the corridor that will help to secure future funding.




More than 15 "Parklets" were designed and constructed by local firms and associations for Sacramento's first United Park(ing) Day on Sept. 20, co-located on 20th Street in front of the Midtown Art Retail Restaurant Scene (MARRS) building. (Left to right, including baby) Lily Allen, Lea Allen, Sara Bowhay, Jon Bowhay, Sam Allen, Brenna Castro, and Sarah Nitchman.



LAUNCH Sacramento Festival Space Planning
LAUNCH Sacramento is an immersive art, music, fashion, design and architecture festival planned by a collaborative of local designers, musicians, artists, photographers, stylists, and other creative minds, including landscape architects. This year, chapter members assisted in the space planning and layout of the block party and main festival space. Chapter members also contributed a detailed 3D model of the street-scene for assistance in permit approval.




Volunteers from the California Sierra ASLA chapter worked with the National Park Service and the Great Shasta Rail Trail Core Team at a design workshop for an 80-mile multi-use trail for the area. The team produced a six-minute video capturing the effort, which can be viewed online by searching "Great Shasta Rail Trail Workshop" on Vimeo.com.
Photo: Andrew Wickham, ASLA



Modesto International Architecture Festival
The chapter was heavily involved with the sixth annual Modesto International Architecture Festival, held September 14-22, 2013. The chapter assisted with the planning and implementation of many of the events, including Park(ing) Day installations along J Street in Modesto, the Children's Architecture and Design Workshop and the AIA Sierra Valley Awards. Short films related to landscape architecture were also integrated into the festival's movie night. Two landscape architecture-related films were shown, 'Gardens by the Bay' and 'A Walk Round Gardens by the Bay,' and are available for viewing on Vimeo.

Great Shasta Rail Trail Workshop
In February, twenty professionals and volunteers from the California Sierra chapter, Northern California chapter, National Park Service, and the Great Shasta Rail Trail Core Team met in Sacramento for a daylong design workshop. The project vision is an 80-mile scenic multi-use trail along an existing rail bed between the towns of McCloud and Burney, near Mt. Shasta, Calif. The workshop focused on developing solutions for the project's design challenges and generating visuals that communicate these ideas to the public.




Chapter members volunteered in the construction of the LAUNCH Sacramento Festival's '.WAV Architectural Pavilion', a thirty-foot tall abstraction of a sound wave by SacDigiFab built exclusively with cardboard and Elmer's glue.
Photo: Dalton LaVoie, ASLA



Sacramento United Park(ing) Day 2013
The chapter was excited to participate in the planning and design of the first ever Sacramento United Park(ing) Day on September 20. The event was a huge success and brought attention to the need for more urban open space in the city. The chapter's Parklet design focused on using recycled materials to create an organic and calm space for people to enjoy and discover their surroundings.




Southern California ASLA Chapter





The Southern California ASLA chapter partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a garden installation, "Colette's Garden," on May 18, 2013. More than 30 volunteers and 45 sponsors joined with chapter members to fulfill Colette's wish for an engaging and accessible outdoor garden to enjoy with her family.


2012 Professional Design Awards
On October 25, 2012, the Southern California ASLA chapter held its semi-annual Professional Design Awards at the Museum of Latin American Art. The theme, "Expressing Creativity through the Art of Landscape Architecture," was selected to bring out the best in the chapter's creative membership, and included artwork by chapter members and a trip down memory lane that honored esteemed colleagues both past and present. Months of hard work and planning by Steve Lang, MIG; Linda Daley, AHBE; and chapter Executive Director Vicki Phillipy made the event a success.




The chapter provided two landscaped outdoor gathering spaces for the Solar Decathlon, held at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., in October, and involved students from Cal Poly Pomona in a design competition for a one-acre park.



Chapter Year of Public Service Project: Make-A-Wish "Colette's Garden"
May 18, 2013, marked a special occasion in the chapter's history. One year after being asked to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help bring a little girl's dream to life, chapter members joined with more than 30 volunteers and 45 sponsors to install a garden plan designed by the chapter's Emerging Professionals group. The emerging professionals and chapter president Perry Cardoza guided the project to completion. Colette's wish for safe, engaging, accessible outdoor gardens to enjoy with her family was realized by the installation, and could not have been completed without the help of Richard Krumwiede, Architerra Design Group; Linda Forde, NUVIS; Mike Hoefnagels, PBC; Harvey Sneed, HS Construction; Tom Donnelly, Valley Crest; and Marty McPhee, Park West.




During the Solar Decathlon Expo, the chapter hosted ASLA national president Thomas Tavella, FASLA (middle left), and Richard Zweifel, FASLA President-Elect (middle right), for an evening discussion and cocktail party with the chapter's general membership aboard a yacht.



Solar Decathlon & Expo
The 2013 Solar Decathlon and Expo, traditionally held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., opened at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., for the first time in October. The chapter's expo booth provided samples of member's award-winning work and promoted four local universities that offer undergraduate, graduate and certificates in landscape architecture. The chapter also unveiled its new logo in October, which includes branding from the Solar Decathlon event. Jeff Graham and Janet Wolsborn volunteered countless hours developing the chapter's new image.




The design of the chapter's new logo incorporates imagery from the Solar Decathlon, which moved from Washington, D.C.'s National Mall to Southern California for the first time in 2013.



Several members were also invited to speak during the expo's lecture series. Sean O'Malley, partner with SWA Laguna Beach, joined with Irvine Mayor Steven Choi to discuss "Sustainable Urban Futures" in city design, and Thomas Tavella and Perry Cardoza spoke on the topic of "Complete Streets." Key chapter involvement came from Mike Sullivan of Site Design Studio, who provided the courtyard design; NUVIS for coordination of the Expo's pop-up park; Cal Poly Pomonainstructors Andy Wilcox and James Becerra; Angela Woodward, IMA; Kim Rhodes, David Evans and Associates; John Hourian, Hourian and Associates; and Vicki Phillipy for managing and organizing the chapter booth.




San Diego ASLA Chapter





Incoming ASLA SD chapter president Patricia Trauth spoke at a low impact development seminar.


In 2013, the San Diego chapter of ASLA promoted the profession of landscape architecture among government leaders, policy makers and the media. Year-end accomplishments include a $5,000 Community Grant award, a landscape architecture lecture series, educational workshops, the annual golf tournament, a landscape architecture month celebration, participation in the Regional Home and Garden Show, Stewardship Committee events, and social events sponsored by the Emerging Professionals committee.

By working with sponsors to inform landscape architects and allied professionals, chapter events focused on the professional development and networking with members of ASLA SD. The year started with the annual Kick-Off, with a special thanks to the 2013 Four Seasons Sponsors: Belgard Hardscapes, Modern Builders Supply, reproHaus, and TB Penick & Sons. The 2013 recipient of the chapter's Community Grant implemented successful improvements to the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, where master plan display signs have already been installed. Irrigation for an Eagle Scout project and peach orchard plantings also kept chapter members busy.

SD-ASLA's annual grant shares the value of landscape architecture by partnering with local non-profit community groups. The lecture series featured Ray Senes, with the ima Design Group, and Sean O'Malley from SWA Group. Educational Workshops included a native plants seminar with Patrick Montgomery from RECON and a Trees & Solar Power seminar sponsored in part by the California Urban Forest Council. For landscape architecture month in April, the San Diego chapter hosted an event acknowledging the local ASLA Fellows! Special thanks to TB Penick, event sponsor.




ASLA SD President Timothy Smith led a panel discussion on sustainable maintenance practices. Panelists, left to right: Michelle Landis, Pete Abernathy, John Mohns and Raj Brown.



The Residential Practitioners Committee collaborated with other design professionals during the spring and fall Home and Garden shows. The collaboration created a dynamic booth with free 30 minute "Ask the Experts" design consultations. The goal was to educate the public and provide information about the profession of landscape architecture and how homeowners can benefit from hiring an expert. The Stewardship committee organized educational sessions focusing on the new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) requirements and Low Impact Development (LID) solutions, along with a panel discussion by landscape architects, architects, civil engineers, geotechnical engineers and city agencies. A special thanks to Seth Seaton (Belgard) for sponsoring the educational and social event.

A second event was held at Stone Brewery to tour San Diego's first Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) certified project. Marney Jensen of Schmidt Design Group discussed the design. Special thanks to event hosts Chris Roesink (Hunter Industries) and Raul Avila (FX Luminaire). A third event was a sustainable maintenance discussion panel including landscape architects, landscape installation contractors and landscape maintenance contractors. The discussion focused on improved landscape maintenance techniques and the effects of design on sustainable maintenance practices. These stewardship events attracted huge crowds from multiple professions, proving that landscape architects make great project leads and the best choice for multi-disciplinary projects. Lastly, the Emerging Professionals committee kicked off the year with a new Facebook page and the Public Relations committee coordinated publications in San Diego Magazine, North Park News, San Diego Metro, San Diego Business Journal, Presidio Sentinel, Uptown News, the Union Tribune, North County Times, and LandscapeOnline.com.




Hawai'i ASLA Chapter





Filter socks and potted plants were used to create roundabouts and bulb-outs during a complete streets demonstration at Hele on Kaka'ako, showing how car traffic can be slowed down and made safe for pedestrians and cyclists.


The Hawai'i chapter of ASLA started the year with a talk by Tom Smith of AECOM, who discussed the design process for the 2012 London and upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics. It was eye opening to see how they used advanced crowd modeling to layout the venues and how they planned for future use of the sites to create long-term benefits for the host city.

The Hawai'i chapter also held events to support the ASLA's campaign for a year of public service. The chapter has done studies in Chinatown for the past three years, and as a continuation, the latest community workshop focused on alternatives for a trellis that was removed for attracting illegal activity. Landscape architects worked with residents to craft three different ideas that address public safety and good design for further study.




Tomo Murata and his two children played a game of chess in one of the Kaka'ako parklets.



On Maui, members took a tour of Maui Nui botanical gardens to learn more about native plants. In another public service project, ALSA members helped a non-profit group construct a rain garden at Koko Head District Park. The rain garden will help to treat runoff from a parking lot, increase infiltration, and slow down the flow of water into a drainage ditch, while providing an attractive planting area at the entrance to the park. The chapter president was invited to speak to Kawananakoa Middle School students on the proper way to plant trees, which preceded a student effort to plant trees around the school's campus. Project goals included cultivation of a native tree arboretum and active participation and a sense of ownership for the students that planted the trees. Many chapter members donated their time to help plan and set up a complete streets demonstration in Kaka'ako. Nearly 1.5 miles of roadway were closed so pedestrians and bikes could see what a street for all users would be like. Temporary bike lanes were added, along with parklets and bulb-outs. There was a 5K run, bicycle education, food, entertainment, and prizes.




Volunteers helped spread gravel to create pathways at the Ulu Garden installation at Lyon Arboretum.



Members volunteered at Lyon Arboretum's Ulu Garden, which will be a showcase for homeowners on the incorporation of sustainable designs in their yards. It was hard work shoveling gravel to make pervious pathways, placing mulch, and weeding, but the efforts will bear fruit when the Garden opens to the public in early 2014. The last two events for the year featured esteemed landscape architect Laurie Olin. HASLA brought him to the islands to give a lecture on Hawai'i Island, and he was a guest speaker for the annual chapter meeting on O'ahu.




Nevada ASLA Chapter





For national landscape architecture month, the chapter placed "Designed by a Landscape Architect" signs at projects (Hidden Falls Park, pictured), distributed magazines to state legislators in Carson City, participated in a Carrot Mob in collaboration with Clean Energy Project Nevada, cleaned up and repaired the Pittman Wash Trail in Henderson, and coordinated a talk on natural discourse by garden designer Shirley Watts with the Nevada Museum of Art and the Black Rock Institute.


The Nevada state chapter's highlight event in 2013 was the annual Landscape Architecture Awards and Pink Flamingo Banquet. The Project of the Year award went to the South Shore vision plan by Design Workshop, and the Viewer's Choice award went to Reunion Trails park by Southwick Landscape Architects. Three Honor awards and five Merit awards were also presented. The Utah ASLA chapter served as judges. The chapter also presented their first Award of Honor, which went to Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani for her outstanding contribution to landscape architecture. Her support and passion for issues and projects that directly affect sustainability, the environment and beatification of public lands is unmatched.




Participants in the northern section legislative luncheon included (left to right): Ron Blakemore, Lucy Joyce, Nevada state senators Mo Denis and Kelly DuFord.



National landscape architecture month events included a legislative lunch, a Sparks, Nev., park tour, and the annual golf tournament.




Chapter President Caryl Davies (left) presented Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani's with an NVASLA Award of Honor at the annual awards banquet in January, the first such award presented by the chapter.


A group of Nevada ASLA landscape architects began working with a local Las Vegas nonprofit on a design for an urban green space in an infill area in downtown Las Vegas. Surveys and data gathering have been completed, and collaboration with the city of Las Vegas and the landscape architect group continues as the documentation process wraps up for implementing a parks, open spaces and trails master plan. Continuing education was made available for members and non-members alike in 2013, including courses on ways to improve legislative efficiency; LEEDv4 updates; marketing and business development tactics; the outlook of Nevada DOT; an introduction to the Living Building challenge; a Houzz.com webinar on how to market landscape architecture projects; a presentation by the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Solar Decathlon team (who took 2nd place overall - Go Rebels!); and an interactive discussion by ActionCoach on how to build business development and better relationships. The chapter was also able to send four UNLV students to the ASLA annual meeting and Expo in Boston due to the generosity of chapter sponsors and donors.










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