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Doug Tallamy Lecture – Middletown, RI

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will be speaking at the Chaves Garden in Middletown, Rhode Island this Saturday, July 15th at 10 a.m.  This is going to be a lecture you won’t want to miss!  Please call 401-846-0623 to RSVP.

Chaves Garden is located at 935 E Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842.

2016-2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES RI ASLA PROFESSIONAL DESIGN AWARDS PROGRAM

 The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects continues to encourage and recognize excellence in the practice of landscape architecture and to inform the public of the broad scope and value of landscape architecture services. The Executive Committee of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (RIASLA) hereby invites landscape architects and affiliated professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their pursuit to lead, educate and participate in the stewardship, planning and artful design of our cultural and natural environment.

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L+A Landscape Architecture 2015 Honor Award Winner

Projects selected as worthy of an award will receive one of the following in each category:

  • Presidential Award of Excellence – One award may be presented (if merited) from all categories, determined by unanimous vote of the Jury, for work demonstrating exceptional contribution in the advancement of the profession.
  • Honor Award – The Jury may choose a limited number of Honor Awards to recognize superior professional accomplishment.
  • Merit Award – The Jury may select any number of Merit Awards to recognize outstanding professional accomplishment.
  • Special Recognition Award – The Jury may select a single project that recognizes the outstanding professional accomplishment and stands alone from the other entries in its attributions.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Winners will be recognized at the 2017 Holiday Party and Awards Banquet, which will be the week of December 4th. Check our website closer to the date for specific information.

ELIGIBILITY

The Professional Design Awards Program is open to all landscape architects registered to practice in Rhode Island, professionals in public or private practice of landscape architecture who reside in Rhode Island, affiliated professionals, faculty currently teaching at accredited Rhode Island landscape architecture programs, and students currently enrolled in an accredited Rhode Island landscape architecture curriculum submitting works associated with their academic pursuits.  Projects designed and completed after January 1, 2010 are eligible. Once the project receives an award, it is no longer eligible for future RIASLA Professional Award Programs.

FEES

An entry fee of $125 for ASLA members, $225 for Non-ASLA-Members, $25 for ASLA Student members and $50 for Non- ASLA Student members must accompany each submission.

ENTRY PROCESS

Awards entry is a two-step process.

FIRST, you submit your entry form (link below) to rhodeislandasla@gmail.com and pay the entry fee by clicking the PayPal “Buy Now” button. Payment must be received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

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You can also mail a check payable to Rhode Island Chapter ASLA to: Karen Beck, 248 Spring Street, Hope Valley, RI 02832

THEN, instructions, a checklist and your unique login ID and password will be emailed to you for uploading your digital submittal to the RIASLA ftp site. Digital Entry must be uploaded by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 2nd 2017.

Additional information:

2017 RIASLA Professional Awards Program Entry Form

2017 RIASLA Professional Awards Program

Contact rhodeislandasla@gmail.com with questions or if you would like more information.

URI 2016-2017 Lecture Series

 

 

 

Lectures begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the Chemistry Building, Beaupre’ 105 on the Kingston Campus of URI.  This series is co-sponsored by The College of Arts and Sciences, the Gaetano and Pasqualina Faella Memorial Endowment, the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Bartlett Tree Experts.  All lectures are free and open to the public.  The lecture halls are handicapped accessible.  General questions may be directed to 401-874-2983 or to wagre@uri.edu

 

2017 Green RI Sustainable Product Showcase

GreenRI is this Thursday, May 4 from 4:30-8:30pm at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center and all are encouraged to attend. If you haven’t signed up yet you can still walk in and register (it’s free for ASLA members). Many awesome vendors will be attending and showcasing their latest and greatest green products including:

Boston Cityscapes: living walls and live plants

EJ Prescott: porous pavement, reinforced grass pavement systems, living retaining walls, living fences, etc.

3Form: Resins and Pressed Glass

Victor Stanley: their sensor-enabled receptacle lid-assists with waste management

Unilock: Permeable concrete pavers

Modern Design Site Furnishings: Resysta litter bin with wood alternative

StormTree: tree filter systems for stormwater management and healthier tree growth

Deeproot: Silva cell- a shoring system for tree soil and stormwater

Read Custom Soils: rooflite Green Roof soil, stabilized stone dust, rain garden soil

Watson Mulch: AZEK paver brick from recycled plastics and rubber

O&G Industries: Natural stone products from the quarry to end users

Marshalls: Conservation Priora and Grassguard

and many more…

 

See below for detailed information.

IIDANE Providence City Center, AIAri, and RIASLA are joining together to host the 2017 Green RI Sustainable Product Showcase this May. Companies producing earth-friendly building materials will be setting up shop to display their latest and greatest products for industry members to view. In addition to exploring the tradeshow floor, attendees will have the opportunity to attend CEU presentations, network with peers, and learn about the latest innovations regarding sustainable products from various vendors. The event also includes an Earth Day sample collection so fill up a box (or three!) as you’re spring cleaning your material library and donate unused/unwanted sample materials at the event!

DATE & SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, May 4, 2017

4:30 – 7:30 p.m. – CEU Programs

4:30 – 5:30 pm “Trace it Back: A Course in Transparency” provides an overview of materials transparency and how it relates to green building, and socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. A representative from 3form will explain product life cycle and how materials potentially affect the environment and health of building occupants.

5:30 – 6:30 pm The Living wall presentation by Green Plants for Green Buildings offers a comprehensive overview of living walls systems and their benefits. The presentation provides a summary of the research being done on living walls, requirements and design features for successful plantings, best practices, health and well being benefits, general costs and the overall benefits to the environment.

6:30 – 7:30 pm “Incentives, Assistance and Training: Demystifying Services to Support Your Energy Efficient and High Performance Sites, Buildings and Interiors” will explain how your next project can benefit from National Grid’s New Construction Services Program, presented by Kathleen Arthur of National Grid.

5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Sustainable Design Showcase & Networking
FREE to all – IDANE Providence City Center, AIAri, and RIASLA are joining together to host the 2017 Green RI Sustainable Product Showcase this May. Companies producing earth-friendly building materials will be setting up shop to display their latest and greatest products for industry members to view. In addition to exploring the tradeshow floor, Attendees will be have the opportunity to attend CEU presentations, network with peers, and learn about the latest innovations regarding sustainable products from various vendors.

5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Earth Day Sample Collection: Donate your unused or unwanted sample materials!
In the spirit of Earth Day, a sample collection effort has been organized for the day of the event so don’t forget to bring your old materials and samples! All samples donated will benefit Resources Recycling for RI Education. They are a registered 501c3 non-profit that help stimulate creative learning by offering low-cost and no-cost materials for educators. A drop-off location will be available at the entrance of the event. Additional information to come – check back soon!


LOCATION

Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI


ATTENDEE REGISTRATION 

Product Showcase & Networking
Free! Pre-registration is preferred.

CEU Pricing
IIDA, AIA, & ASLA Members: Free
Non-members: $25
Students: $10

Pre-registration is now closed. You may register onsite so please feel free to join us


VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES

Does your company offer sustainable products that you would like to share with the Rhode Island design community? This is your chance to show off your products to many of the architects, interior designers, and landscape architects in the Rhode Island area. Space is limited! 

The cost is $350 for one (1) 6’ table. Requests for additional tables may be granted if space allows. Please indicate that request on your application.

Registration is now closed for vendors. Please feel free to e-mail with questions and we will keep you on the list to contact next year.

QUESTIONS?

Email Melissa Bagga at rhodeislandasla@gmail.com

Evenings with Experts – Grow Native

A Public Lecture Series at the Cambridge Public Library

  • First Wednesdays of each month, from February through May
    7:00 — 8:30 pm
  • Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
  • Each talk will last about an hour with time for Q&A afterward.
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm for general seating. Seating is unassigned and will be available on a first-come basis.
  • Events are free and open to all. 

Download a Flyer of 2017 Lectures  

  • CEUs Available: APLD (1.5 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (4 credits); and MCH

2017 Programs

  • February 1
    Nurturing the Liberated Landscape
    Larry Weaner, Author of Garden Revolution & Founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
    All too often we think of gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants.  But a more dynamic and rewarding approach takes advantage of the unique characteristics of plant species and communities, working with ecological processes, not against them.  Learn how designer Larry Weaner utilizes the natural adaptations and reproductive abilities of plants to create engaging, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature.  Using examples from his own property and from client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach results in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need.Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His work is nationally recognized and has received awards from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Club of America, and others. His new book, Garden Revolution, is a “must read” for all who seek to integrate landscape design with ecological processes.
    This lecture co-sponsored by Mount Auburn Cemetery.
  • March 1
    The Art and Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed: Why, When, and How
    Randi Eckel, Founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm

    As we incorporate more native plants into our landscapes, there are so many good reasons to use plants propagated from seed. But wild plants have evolved with a dizzying array of mechanisms, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions.  These mechanisms are not in place to frustrate would-be plant propagators, but must be understood by gardeners to successfully grow native plants from seed. Come for a far-reaching discussion of the issues surrounding seed collection, procurement, and propagation, with information that will encourage the novice and challenge the professional alike.Randi Eckel has been studying native plant seed propagation and plant-insect interactions for over thirty years.  She is the founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm, which supplies both seeds and plants of species native to eastern North Americ

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    This lecture co-sponsored by the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation.

  • April 5
    How Native Plant Cultivars Affect Pollinators

    Annie White, Ecological Landscape Designer & Adjunct Professor, University of Vermont  
    Initiatives to address pollinator decline are widespread and native plants are the preferred choice for pollinator habitat restoration. The growing demand for natives, coupled with a longstanding desire of horticulturalists for enhanced bloom, color, or other characteristics, has led to the increased selection and breeding of native cultivars. Although these cultivars are typically marketed for their ecological benefits, until now there have been no scientific studies to support or refute these claims. So are native cultivars as valuable in pollinator habitat gardens as the true native species? Annie White will help answer this question by sharing the results of four years of field data. Her research is groundbreaking and remarkable.Annie White is the founder of Nectar Landscape Design Studio and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont. She earned her MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent PhD in Plant & Soil Science from the University of Vermont was focused on this exceptional new research on native plant cultivars.
  • May 3
    The Challenge of a Public Native Plant Garden: Maintenance, Interpretation, and Compromise
    Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden at the NYBG
    The New York Botanical Garden’s new Native Plant Garden opened in 2013. Designed by Oehme van Sweden, it includes a diversity of microclimates on 3.5 acres of varied terrain with a planting plan of almost 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses. Curator Michael Hagen will explain how this garden is successfully maintained, and their criteria for what constitutes “native” in species selection and the use of cultivars. This very public landscape presents native plants in a contemporary style, with an emphasis on aesthetics over recreating habitat. Michael will share his observations about how the public perceives and responds to the value of this native plant palette, along with ideas for inspiring others to “go native.”Michael Hagen is Curator of both the Native Plant Garden and the Rock Garden at NYBG. He previously served as Staff Horticulturist for over 11 years at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, New York and was Garden Manager at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy.
    This lecture co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.

Location, Parking & Transit Info

Cambridge Public Library Location Map

Limited public parking is available under the Library, with an entrance ramp on Broadway. Fee is $1/hour.

Limited metered spaces are available in the area, including on Broadway, Cambridge Street, Quincy Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and around Cambridge Common. Cambridge resident street spaces are available throughout the area.

If you are driving, know that this is an active urban area, and allow time to park. Please carpool if you can. It reduces the competition for spaces.

Additional garage parking is available at market rates in Harvard Square (a short walk across Harvard Yard) at the Harvard Square Parking Garage and several other locations.

The closest T stop is Harvard Square on the Red Line.

The New Landscape Declaration

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has released the New Landscape Declaration, a bold vision and 21st century call to action for landscape architecture to make its vital contribution in solving the defining issues of our time. LAF is now encouraging landscape architects across the globe to sign on to this ambitious vision, discuss, share, and work to turn the ideas into concrete actions.

The Declaration is the synthesis of the ideas from LAF’s historic Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, which brought 700 landscape architects from around the world to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia last June. The event was inspired by LAF’s 1966 Declaration of Concern drafted by Ian McHarg and five others who decried the burgeoning environmental crisis and heralded landscape architecture as critical to help solve it. Building on this legacy, the New Landscape Declaration asserts the critical role of landscape architecture in addressing the challenges of our time.

“In this time of political and cultural shifts, the New Landscape Declaration is a powerful reminder of the common values that we share as designers,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA. “We hope that the Declaration will serve to guide our work collectively and as individuals, firms, civil servants, educators, non-profit leaders, mentors, and the many other capacities in which we work. Together, we can amplify our voices at this critical time when the talents and services of the landscape architecture community are so vitally needed.”

To read the New Landscape Declaration and join the growing list of signatories, visit:www.lafoundation.org/declaration

For information about the New Landscape Declaration and the landmark Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future (including recordings from the full two days and a 20-minute documentary), visit: www.lafoundation.org/summit

About the Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Established in 1966, LAF invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of design leaders.