RI Historic American Landscapes Survey

The RIASLA HALS (Historic American Landscape Survey)Chapter Representative, Elena M. Pascarella, PLA, ASLA, is requesting members send suggestions for endangered historic landscapes here in RI.

Three to four of the suggested landscapes will be included in a HALS Fact Sheet that will be submitted to ASLA National and uploaded to the HALS page at the National Park Service website.

Please click this link fill out the form: http://rhodeislandasla.org/hals/ or email Elena directly at emp@landscapeelementsllc.com to help recognize Endangered Historic Landscapes in RI.
All suggestions will be considered for inclusion on the HALS Fact Sheet but the 3-4 most endangered sites will be selected.

About HALS:
During the past few decades, the concept of historic preservation has grown beyond protecting a single building or urban district to include the historic landscape that provides the setting and context for a property as well as much larger landscapes that have regional and national significance. In response to this growing interest in the historic preservation and documentation of landscapes, the American Society of Landscape Architects worked with the National Park Service to create a national program, and in October 2000, the National Park Service established the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) to document historic landscapes in the United States and its territories to serve as tangible evidence of our nation’s heritage and development.

In early 2001, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the National Park Service, and the Library of Congress entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that established a framework of cooperation, and in 2010, the three organizations signed a new Tripartite Agreement that made HALS a permanent federal program. The National Park Service administers the planning and operation of HALS, standardizes formats and develops guidelines for recording landscapes, and catalogs and/or publishes the information when appropriate. The American Society of Landscape Architects provides professional guidance and technical advice for the program through its Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network. The Library of Congress accepts and preserves HALS documents and makes records available to the public.

Historic landscapes vary in size from small gardens to several thousand-acre national parks. In character they range from designed to vernacular, rural to urban, and agricultural to industrial spaces. Vegetable patches, estate gardens, cemeteries, farms, quarries, nuclear test sites, suburbs, and abandoned settlements all may be considered historic landscapes. Like its sister programs, the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), HALS produces written and graphic records of interest to educators, land managers, and preservation planners, as well as the general public.

Guide to Parking Day Providence 2014

Parking Day
Sign Up Here! http://rhodeislandasla.org/parkingday/

What is Park(ing) Day Providence?
The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, (RIASLA) and the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAri), are working together and collaborating with Transport Providence, the City of Providence Downtown Improvement District, and the Providence Department of Transportation to bring the second official, city-wide celebration of PARK(ing) Day to Providence, Rhode Island.

PARK(ing) Day, now celebrated internationally, is always held on the third Friday of September, rain or shine. This year, the event will take place on Friday, September 19. This annual event brings together artists, designers and citizens to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks known as Parklets. PARK(ing) Day Providence will include approximately 35 Parklets located at key points within the Downtown area and the West Side, with other Parklets located throughout the city. The Parklet designers will work with local businesses, bringing enthusiasm and energy to the area, while being sensitive to the needs of the shopkeepers and their customers. Through Parklet sponsorships, individual parking meter revenue will be accounted for on that day.

Originating in 2005, PARK(ing) Day was initiated by Rebar Art & Design Studio. Rebar is an interdisciplinary design firm in San Francisco that combines art, design activism and ecology, creating objects spaces, and ideas that inspire people to re-imagine the environment and our place in it.

PARK(ing) Day is now an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, and citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. During the 2011 International PARK(ing) Day event, 162 cities in 35 countries participated, resulting in the creation of 975 Parklets. This trend is part of the new urbanism movement, which promotes walkable neighborhoods as well as other quality-of-life issues in urban living. PARK(ing) Day celebrates and strengthens our connection with nature, our sense of community, and enhances the overall public awareness about the importance of including green space in our urban environment.

For more information about the 2014 PARK(ing) Day Providence event, contact:
Jenn Judge RIASLA email: gravellyhilldg@yahoo.com phone: 401.465.8282
Vada Seccareccia AIAri email: vada@unionstudioarch.com phone: 401.272.4724
Kurt Van Dexter RIASLA email: kurtvandexter@gmail.com phone: 401.837.2215

For more information, visit the global Park(ing) Day website.

When is Park(ing) Day?
In 2014, Park(ing) Day is on Friday, September 19, from approximately 9:00am to 4:00pm (times may vary by spot – Parks can only be in the space when it is legal to park a vehicle there.

How many spots will there be?
Approx. 35 Parklets throughout Providence

Where can I go to see parks?
Parks are located around Providence.

How do I sign up to host a spot for Park(ing) Day?
Please fill out a form online at http://rhodeislandasla.org/parkingday/ Signup opens in July. Additional spots may become available.

Who can host a Park(ing) Day spot?
Anyone can host a spot for Park(ing) Day, including activists, artists, architects, local businesses, and individual citizens.

Are there any rules about the design of the parks?
There are just a few rules:
• There must be a barrier between your park and the vehicular travel lanes, and the barrier must be tall enough that a driver can see it and know not to swerve into your park.
• No commerce or overt advertising can occur in the park. It’s okay to advocate for an issue, or to say “This park brought to you by XYZ Organization,” but parks cannot look like trade show booths.
• Park construction cannot encroach on vehicular travel lanes, at any height.
• Stay away from corners.
• Parks can only be in the space when it’s legal to park a car there. If the space is subject to rush hour, loading zone, handicapped or valet restrictions, then the park is subject to the same restrictions.
• Rule of thumb: if you can park a car in it, you can have a park in it.