It’s time to bring your good work to light. The 2013 Year of Public Service (YPS2013) has been established by the ASLA Public Awareness Campaign to highlight the wide-reaching public-service activities readily performed by landscape architects and to advocate for a higher commitment by all to community service projects. Learn more about the initiative on the YPS2013 website at http://asla.org/yps.aspx.
ASLA invites current members to submit documentation of 2013 projects for review by the Public Awareness Campaign to highlight in the campaign’s resources and outreach. Descriptions, quotes and multimedia content may be used – with proper credit – on the YPS2013 website, blog and The Understory Facebook page.
Any project can be submitted where an ASLA member, chapter, or firm with ASLA members provides landscape architecture services at no cost benefit the community in some way. To submit your project, go to the YPS2013 website and click “Submit Project.” A pre-populated email will pop up, requesting information such as descriptions, pictures, video, quotes and testimony.
For members who are looking to join a public service project, reach out to your local ASLA Chapter. ASLA and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program have augmented their ongoing collaborative partnership to celebrate ASLA’s Year of Public Service. Under this partnership, ASLA’s local chapters can volunteer in their communities to help NPS RTCA by providing technical assistance for such outdoor resources as trails, bike paths, and other recreational facilities targeted for support in 2013. You can also act on your own to help a project. Review those identified for 2013 here.
Contact Phil Stamper at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions related to the Year of Public Service. Join the conversation on Twitter by using #YPS2013. And follow the national effort at http://asla.org/yps.aspx.
Rochester Volunteer Planting Event
On Saturday, September 14, a group of Landscape Architects from Rochester, Ithaca, Binghamton, and Syracuse joined local residents to install gateway plantings at the entrance to ABVI's Centennial Campus in Rochester NY. We appreciate the time and effort of those who attended. THANK YOU!
LA Magazine Drop Off
The April issue of LA Magazine is available for distribution to local coffee shops, doctor's offices, lobby’s, etc. Spread the word by sharing our profession's work.
Pop Up Parks
Buffalo LA's held a series of pop-up parks, more info coming soon...
Celebrating Olmsted in Delaware Park
LA's gathered at Marcy's Casino in Delaware Park at 5:00pm to have refreshments and a champagne toast to Olmsted. LA's talked to park visitors about Landscape Architecture.
The weather definitely kept the public at bay for the Buffalo event; however we still had about 25 people show up. It was a nice mix of local LA’s, some Olmsted Conservancy folks and a few public individuals. We talked about the event, landscape architecture and the fact that Olmsted would have been 190 years young yesterday. At about 6:30 we toasted Olmsted and sang Happy Birthday to him.
THANK YOU to Green Paper Products and their donation of biodegradable cups for the event! Check them out at greenpaperproducts.com
Lighting the Peace Bridge and Electric Tower
The Peace Bridge and the Electric Tower were lit green for 4.26.12 in honor of Olmsted's Birthday.
Garden Tour and Birthday Cupcakes!
The New York Upstate Chapter of ASLA and the Highland Parks Conservancy partnered for a celebration in Highland Park.
Despite the cold temps and rain we had a great turn out with roughly 20 people. The event began with an introduction to the Rochester Olmsted Parks, from the Highland Parks Conservancy. Led by local Master Gardeners, the group toured the Poet’s Garden. Following the tour, attendees enjoyed cupcakes in celebration of Olmsted’s Birthday. The group was very appreciative of the Monroe County Parks, who graciously opened the Lamberton Conservatory for the group to enjoy the cupcakes (warm and dry) inside the conservatory. The event was a win-win with a mixed attendence of gardeners and landscape architects. Each spent time learning about eachothers contributions and interests in the landscape.
THANK YOU to Monroe County Parks for donating the Lamberton Conservatory for the Cupcake Reception!
What is Landscape Architecture?
The rain and wind held off long enough to allow the party to take place at Perseverance Park in downtown Syracuse. Several local Landscape Architects attended with examples of recent or upcoming work in the city. Many thanks to Keplinger Freeman Associates, Maxian + Horst, EDR, Klepper Hahn & Hyatt,
Appel Osborne and the 4th year SUNY ESF Landscape Architecture Design Studio for their participation and work put on display. The celebration began at noon with cake served to over 60 people during the 2 hour birthday party for the guest of honor, Fredrick Law Olmstead. It was nice to see a turnout of about 20 professionals and students who shared stories and had a moment to catch up with friends. Talk was mostly optimistic about the improving economy and job market. Needless to say, those who stopped by had a good time.
Guerrilla Art Installation
The installation of a forced perspective, in colored masking tape, in Bailey Plaza.
The event went really well - none of us had done a large-scale drawing like this, so it required a bit of ingenuity and planning, but went off without a hitch. Folks on the ground level were quite curious which made engaging them about landscape architecture a whole lot easier. We encouraged them to walk up to our studio's green roof where they could enjoy a better view of the chair and celebrate Olmsted's birthday with cake from a local bakery. Special thanks to Jesse Nicholson, Ethan Dropkin, Tracy Hudak and Hunter Zupnick for helping with the drawing. Thanks also to the rest of the Cornell Student Chapter of ASLA - Rudolf Uhlemann, Melissa Poulin, Janice Tung, Petra Marar, and Kaitlyn Roadifer for helping to engage the public.
Birthday Cake for Olmsted
Local LA's met in Congress Park and pass out cake and informed the general public about the importance of Landscape Architecture and our contributions to community health.
The day was sunny and turnout was great with volunteers handing out cupcakes near the carousel and talking to people about Landscape Architecture.
Birthday Cake for Olmsted
Local LA's met in Washington Park and passed out cake and informed the general public about the importance of Landscape Architecture and our contributions to community health.
Although the day was a bit overcast and chilly the volunteers handed out cupcakes and talked to people about Landscape Architecture. While the turnout was less than expected the message still go out to those willing to stop for a cupcake!