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The 1989 ASLA Annual Meeting

The American Society of Landscape Architects
Invites You to “Go For The Magic” in Orlando

The 1989 ASLA Annual Meeting and Educational Exhibit invites its members to “go for the magic” this year in Orlando, Florida. Home of Walt Disney World and Epcot Center, Orlando is best known as one of the world’s major vacation destinations. But there is much, much more...

The Kennedy Space Center, Cypress Gardens, Sea World, Church Street Station and a host of other attractions offer a multitude of entertainment options. Museums, galleries, theaters and dining are a vibrant part of the area’s makeup, adding cultural flavor to a city rich with activity.

With its year round tropical climate, Orlando also provides its visitors with unlimited opportunity for outdoor recreation. The area’s rolling hills, natural parks, lakes and beaches are ideal for sailing, fishing, canoeing and backpacking.

"Landscape Architects and the ASLA have a tremendous opportunity to advocate landscape values throughout the country."--Gerald D. Patten, incoming ASLA president

At the annual convention, pre-meeting events include the Third Annual ASLA/NPS Historic Landscape Preservation Symposium, co-sponsored by the ASLA and the National Park Service, which will be held Thursday and Friday, November 16-17, and the Third Annual National Conference on Public Practice, devoted to Landscape Architects in the public sector, held on Friday, November 17.

Special events at this year’s convention include the LAF Roast, Council of Fellows Business Meeting and Luncheon, Fellows Investiture Dinner, LAF Breakfast, Sea World Gala, ASLA Golf Tournament, Alumni Reunions, the Annual Banquet and more than 300 exhibitors in the exhibit hall.

General Assemblies include the opening assembly, entitled “Eyes On Earth From Space,” at which renowned sculptor and environmental artist Thomas Van Sant will speak on space and the diversity of scale in a talk illustrated by a dramatic series of images simulating a fall from space onto the earth; the Student General Assembly; The State of the Art: Landscape Architecture, 1989; and the closing General Assembly, “Toward the Millennium: The Decade of the 1990s,” presented by author of the bestseller, Megatrends, John Naisbitt.

New 1990 ASLA President

The man to meet at this year’s show is Gerald D. Patten, associate director of the National Park Service, who has been elected President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Patten will begin his term as ASLA President November 8, 1989.

“Landscape Architects and the ASLA have a tremendous opportunity to advocate landscape values throughout the country,” said Patten through a Landscape Architecture News Digest interview. “Too often, governmental decision makers, private enterprise, and even the public do not fully understand the intrinsic value of the landscape. No profession is better placed than ours to promote public understanding of these issues.”

Patten is a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service, the highest civil service rank in federal government. He will be in direct contact with congressmen and decision makers concerned with conservation and resource development. Patten’s involvement in ASLA includes a term as vice president, a term as vice president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and also has served as annual meeting program chair.

Patten spent two years in Washington, D.C. as associate director for Planning and Development Programs in the National Park System. He headed the NPS Denver Service Center, overseeing the agency’s design and construction program throughout the nation.

His education includes a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from California Poly, Pomona; and a masters from University of California, Berkeley. Patten studied public program management for a one-year fellowship at MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

Also elected to national office as vice presidents were Grant R. Jones, FASLA, of Seattle, Washington and Helen Quackenbush, FASLA, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Each will serve a two-year term beginning November 8, 1989.

Daily Educational Sessions:

Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:30-9:30 A.M.

  • Lost Space Recaptured (repeated 9:45-10:45)
  • Rural Landscape (Part 1 ) Regeneration in the Rural Landscape
  • Seeing the Future (Part 1 ) Technical Concerns
  • Swimming Pool, Pond, and Spa Design and Construction
  • Tomorrow’s Historic Landscapes: Landscape
  • Management Issues and Approaches
  • Getting Involved with Builders and Developers
  • Reconciling Career and Family
  • Turning Negatives into Positives

9:45-10:45 A.M.

  • Design of Livable Streets
  • Lost Space Recaptured (repeat)
  • Rural Landscape (Part 2) Visions and Tools for Landscape Sustainability
  • Digital Still Camera The Future of Image Processing
  • Seeing The Future (Part 2) Ethical and Legal Concerns
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Keeping Up With the (Dow) Joneses
  • Reconciling Career and Family

1:45-3:15 P.M.

  • Beyond Earth Landscape Architecture on the High Frontier
  • Regeneration of Disturbed Land It’s Not Limited to Mining
  • Sprawl Busters Changing the Face of New Development
  • Streetscapes
  • Sustainable Development for the American Landscape
  • Tomorrow’s Urban and Suburban Spaces
  • Decision Makers for Design/Build
  • How to Avoid Being Sued
  • Preventing Professional Liability Claims

Monday, Nov. 20, 8:30-9:30 A.M.

  • Impressions of China A Landscape Architect’s Delegation
  • Urban/Rural Balance
  • Graphics Quick and Easy
  • Grasses and Grassland Communities in the Landscape
  • Designing Your Future Retirement Planning for LAs
  • Managing Professional Work Stress
  • You Can’t Lead the Calvary if You Think You Look Funny on a Horse


  • Research in Landscape Architecture and Related Fields
  • Rural Landscape (part 3) Dechannelization of the Kissimmee River
  • Tomorrow’s Spaces Design for Future Linked Places
  • Digital Terrain Modeling Applications in Golf Course Design
  • Graphics Quick and Easy
  • Tennis Courts for Tomorrow
  • Designing Your Future
  • Getting Smart About Stress Building Stress Resistance

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 9:00-10:00 A.M.

  • Art Creative Inspiration for Landscape Architecture
  • Design Theory: A Philosophical Base for Landscape Architecture
  • An Approach to the UNE
  • Grasses and Grassland Communities in the American Landscape
  • Wetlands (Part1) Assessment and Evaluation
  • Motel 6 Your Way to a Marriott Quality Computer System
  • Practice for Profit in the 1990s The LA as Entrepreneur

10:15-11:15 A.M.

  • Parks and People Bridging the Turn of the Century
  • Tomorrow’s Spaces Design for Future Linked Places
  • The Final Frontier Landscape Architecture in the 21st Century
  • Using Computer Technology Win Friends and Influence Policy
  • Wetlands (part 2) Management, Design and Mitigation
  • Marketing Strategies for Tomorrow
  • Planning for the Future of the Profession
  • Report on the ASLA Bridge Conference

1:00-2:00 P.M.

  • Inspiration from Overseas Forms for the Future
  • Learning from Kanozan Toward a New Concept for Resort Design
  • Orchids or Onions Saving Native Florida
  • Information Is Power Reflections on the Use of GIS Technology
  • The Office of Tomorrow
  • Xeriscape and Landscape Architecture
  • Opportunities for the Future Marketing Strategies for Tomorrow
  • Public Relations and Your Practice

2:15-3:15 P.M.

  • Parks and People Bridging the Turn of the Century
  • Rural Landscape (part 4) Rural Landscape Values
  • Encounters with Future Science and Technology
  • The Final Frontier Landscape Architecture in the 2 st Century
  • Wind Mitigation on Coastal Sites
  • Landscape Architects as Bush Planters Fighting the Public Perception
  • Opportunities for International Practice

10 Good Reasons to Attend

  1. Participate in the largest gathering of Landscape Architects anywhere
  2. Expand your professional expertise by exchanging ideas and developing friendships with colleagues from across the country
  3. Learn first-hand about developments in the field
  4. Discover new career opportunities
  5. Hear John Naisbitt, author of the bestseller Megatrends, at the closing General Assembly
  6. Celebrate professional achievement with the 1989 ASLA Professional Awards
  7. Visit more than 300 exhibits of the newest products and services
  8. Students learn from leaders in landscape architecture and build your network of professional contacts
  9. Choose from more than 150 different titles at the Landscape Architecture Library
  10. Enjoy the warm, relaxed climate of Orlando

Enjoy your Show!

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