From Rooftops to Retaining Walls: Hardscape Solutions for Designers

FINAL WEEK TO REGISTER – Please register by Monday, February 20!

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presents:

 From Rooftops to Retaining Walls: Hardscape Solutions for Designers

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where: at O&G Industries Earth Products Showcase 325 Hancock Avenue / Bridgeport, CT

Program registered with LACES (5.0 PDH/HSW) and AIA-CES (5.0 LU/HSW)

Presentations will include:

  • Segmented Retaining Walls
  • Rooftop Paver Systems
  • Revitalizing Space with Rooftop Gardens
  • Isokern Fireplaces & Kitchens
  • Thinstone Applications
  • Treatment of Sealants and Waterproofing


  • $95 Members of ASLA / AIA / CNLA / ACEC / CSCE
  • $125/Non-Members
  • $45/Students (student ID required)

Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.


Vendors exhibiting include: Alliance Gator * Anchor Walls * Boral / Instone * Cultec * Isokern * Marshalls * Miracle Sealants * Mirage * Nicolock * OldCastle – Bison Pedasal Systems * Pavestone * Pustola & Associates Engineers / Contractors * Realstone * Redland Brick * Royal Perla * Strata Natural Stones * Techo-Bloc * Turf Tek USA * Unilock, New York Inc. * Williams Stone Company Inc.

See the brochure for more info, then use the mail-back form or register online.

(Deadline: February 20)

Register today

Questions? Contact Jeff Mills at or

(860) 454-8922.

Thanks to our Sponsor!


BSLA – Landscape Architecture Conference + Xpo

A powerful, full day of learning for Landscape Architects, Designers, Architects, Arborists, Contractors, and those working to make our public and private green spaces and gardens the best they can be.

Thursday, February 9, 2017. Hyatt Regency Downtown Boston

12 leading-edge sessions – up to four choices during each time block!

Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Horticulture options courtesy our guest hosts, Weston Nurseries / Green-Up Academy, Cavicchio Greenhouses, New England Wildflower Society, and Massachusetts Arborists Association/New England GROWS.

DOWNLOAD  Descriptions for Landscape Architecture Sessions

DOWNLOAD Descriptions for Urban Design Sessions

DOWNLOAD Descriptions for Horticulture Sessions

Fees beginning January 23, 2017

  • Single Registration: $175 (includes lunch)
  • Company Registration for Three: $500 (includes lunch) (Four: $660; Five: $830)
  • Special for first 15 Student Members: $100 (includes lunch)
  • Social (5-7 PM) – Free for BSLA Members, others $35.00

Registrations after noon on Friday, February 3 will incur a $25 surcharge.

Link to Registration


Basic Schedule –

7:30 Coffee and Registration

Sessions at 8:30, 10:30, 1:30, 3:30

Lunch: Noon to 1:30

Social: 5 – 7

Exhibits: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

(For info on LARE Review (Feb 8 and 9), click here).

Speakers and Topics Include

Landscape Architecture

(Description and Learning Objectives available to Download)

(All approved for 1.5 LA CES Credits)

8:30 am Doug Jones, ASLA: Inspired Gardens

10:30 am Daniel Vasini, Affiliate ASLA: Perspectives on Landscape Identity in the 21st Century

1:30 pm Kate Tooke, ASLA: Playful Research to Inform Playscape Design

3:30 pm Gina Ford, ASLA: Landscape Humanism in Practice


Urban Design

(Descriptions and Learning Objectives available to  DOWNLOAD)

(All are approved for 1.5 LA CES Credits and 1.5 AIA LU Credits)

8:30 am Jill Zick, ASLA (and Panel): Understanding Boston’s Redevelopment Design

10:30 am Charles Waldheim, Honorary ASLA – The New Heliomorphism

1:30 pm Maria Bellalta, ASLA and Daniela Coray: Social Urbanism or City Branding:  The Medellín Model

3:30 pm Shauna Gilles-Smith ASLA  (and Panel): Off to the Races – Suffolk Downs UD Charrette


(All approved for 1.5 LA CES Credits)

8:30 am New England Wildflower Society presents, Defining Native: What It Means and Why It Matters, Mark Richardson 

10: 30 am New England GROWS and Massachusetts Arborists Association Present:  Survive or Thrive? Reaching the Full Potential of Trees in Your Landscape Design (Deb Howe, ASLA; Scott McPhee, MCA, ISA; Mike Colman, MCA, ISA, CTSP, ASCA)

1:30 pm Cavicchio Greenhouses Presents: Rooftop and Urban Garden Planning: Tough Plants for Tough Conditions (Shannon Tyrrell, MCH and Mike Drescher

3:30 pm Weston Nurseries/Green-Up Academy Presents: The Back Story for Shrub Success (and more) (BreAnn Nott, Bailey Nurseries)

Join us for a Sustainable Sites training series (9 CEUs)



Individual ASLA Member $270
Non-Member $345

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olin-2Canal Park in Washington DC, a SITES 3-star pilot project. Image courtesy of OLIN.

Rhode Island Chapter of ASLA invites you to join us for a three part series on Sustainable Sites (SITES) presented by Steve Benz, SITE Green Solutions, LLC. SITES is the most comprehensive system for developing sustainable landscapes and is supported by the US Green Building Council. Visit the Sustainable Sites Initiative website for more information. This is part of our landscape architecture continuing education event series (LACES 9.0 LU/HSW)


Part One:  An Introduction to SITES v2
SITES: Analysis and Planning

February 14th 2017
Part Two:  SITES: Soil and Vegetation
SITES: Water and Materials

February 27th 2017
Part Three:  SITES: Human Health, Education and Performance
SITES: Construction, O and M, Innovation

March 13th 2017


URI Narragansett Campus


This is a Sustainable SITES ™ continuing education series. Steve Benz, PE, LEED Fellow, Honorary ASLA of SITE Green Solutions, LLC will be leading these training series intended for information and educational purposes. These sessions will help you prepare for the SITES™ AP exam, however they are not intended as “test-prep” sessions. Steve first prepared and successfully delivered these to the OLIN LA office in 2016.

Steve is a member of the SITES ™ Technical Core Committee and was Partner-In-Charge of OLIN’s Washington Canal Park, a SITES™ 3-Star Pilot Project. Starting with an introductory session into SITES, these sessions are each 1.5 hours (1.5 LACES LU/HSW).

The series are intended to be interactive and attendees are encouraged to bring specific project issues and challenges for discussion.

8:30am.
Program 9:00am-12:30pm

Individual ASLA Member $270
Non-Member $345
March 27th snow day
Additional late fee $20 after Jan 31st
No refunds. No partial registrations.


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Contact with questions or if you would like more information.

RI Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise

Friday, December 2, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Brown Bag Lunch: RI Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise Room 300 at the DEM Offices in the Foundry 235 Promenade Street Providence, RI 02908 Join Staff of the Statewide Planning Program to learn about two projects that they have recently completed: Vulnerability of Local Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Socioeconomic Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise.  Both projects are geared toward municipal audiences and provide vital information for local decision-makers and planners on vulnerable populations and transportation assets in RI Coastal Communities.

Wilcox Park awarded Honorable Mention in the 2016 Historic American Landscapes Survey Challenge Competition

uri-students-working-on-hals-documentation-1Award: Honorable Mention
Historic Landscape: Wilcox Park
Location: Westerly, Rhode Island
Team: Elena M. Pascarella, RLA, ASLA with assistance from Richard Sheridan, RLA, ASLA, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Rhode Island; Alan Peck, Superintendent of Wilcox Park; and Students from the University of Rhode Island Landscape Architecture Program: Brynn Armstrong, Brian Bieszard, Emily Condon, Benjamin Congdon, Romeo D’Andrea, Gabriella D’Angelis, Zack Driver, Pabel Fernandez, Olivia Fow, Casey Harrington, Kelvin Huang, Brian Males, Katie Meegan, Kyle Savistano, Joseph Tricarico, and Emma Winkler.

Results of the 7th annual Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Challenge were announced at the HALS Meeting of the New Orleans American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Sponsored by the National Park Service. This challenge resulted in the submission of 43 HALS short format historical reports, measured drawings and large format photographs to the HALS collection in The Library of Congress. Wilcox Park was one out of two of the entries represent the very first HALS documentation of any kind for their state.

The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) was created in 2000 as a federal program to document historic landscapes in the United States and its territories. Documentation is critical to preserving these significant sites for the benefit of future generations. HALS produces written and graphic records used by educators, land managers, and preservation planners as well as the general public.

RIASLA 30th Anniversary GALA

The RIASLA 30th Anniversary GALA overlooking Narragansett Bay at Cliffside in Newport was great fun! The Executive Committee would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to our members for their past and continued support and give special recognition to our sponsors listed below.


Photos from the evening

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A look through 30 years of RIASLA




URI Landscape Architecture Lectures 2016-2017

2016-2017-lecture-series-final-8-5x14_1September 22 Matthew Cunningham, Principal, MCLD LLC, Stoneham, MA
Title: “Gardens Evolve”

October 6 Kona Gray, PLA, ASLA, Principal, EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Title: Global Design – “The Future of Landscape Architecture”

October 27 Mark Johnson, FASLA, President, Civitas, Denver, Colorado
Title: “Landscape Architects on the Leading Edge of Urbanism”

November 17 Gina Ford, ASLA, Principal, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA
Title: “Landscape Humanism in Practice”

December 1 Lara Ajemian ’07, Leblanc Jones Landscape Architects and Ken McClure ‘08, Halvorson Design Group, Boston MA
Title: TBA

March 2, Kristina Hill, Ph.D., Associate Professor Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California at Berkeley
Title: “Strategies for future shores: An honest assessment of the unthinkable”

March 23 Tara Vincenta, ASLA, Principal, Artemis, Bridgeport, CT
Title: TBA

April 6 Cheri Ruane, ASLA, Spurr Design Group, Boston, MA
Title: TBA

April 20, Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, President + CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Title: “Why Not Cultural Systems”

Lectures begin at 7:00 P.M. and will be held in the Chemistry Building BURP 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 and the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Charles Birnbaum’s lecture is being cosponsored by Victor Stanley. All lectures are free and open to the public. The lecture halls are handicapped accessible. General questions about the series may be directed to 874-2983 or to