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EcoDistricts is thrilled to be joined by Kofi Boone, Professor of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University, for our next EcoDistricts Webinar Sept. 14. Kofi is a powerful voice in the design industry, focusing much of his work and scholarship on the intersection of ecological design and racial justice. His work is helping to reimagine resilience and landscape design through the lens of equity and the Black Lives Matter movement. Kofi brought down the house with his pointed and poignant closing keynote at the 2019 EcoDistricts 2019 Summit in Pittsburgh. We wanted to have him back again to share his work and wisdom during a critical time in our country’s history.
From the ongoing COVID pandemic to the rebellions that have gripped communities around the world in the aftermath of the recent police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Jacob Blake, there is a growing push to address systemic inequities in our environments. What might this mean for landscape architecture and the emerging resiliency movement? Kofi will frame the topic of resilience as a means to acknowledge the need for nurturing human resilience through ecological design.
Kofi Boone, FASLA,
Professor of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University in the College of Design
Kofi Boone is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan (BSNR 1992, MLA 1995). His work is in the overlap between landscape architecture and environmental justice with specializations in democratic design, digital media, and interpreting cultural landscapes. His teaching and professional work have earned numerous awards including student and professional ASLA awards. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Corps Network as well as the Landscape Architecture Foundation where he is Vice President of Education. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and events. His published work is broadly disseminated in peer-reviewed and popular media and he is a frequent contributor to Landscape Architecture Magazine.
The Oxford Dictionary defines urbanist as "an advocate of or expert in city planning." This definition makes a false equivalency between advocate and expert. But what it more deeply implies is that by identifying as an urbanist, you somehow know what's good for other communities which you are not a part of. This is the exact mindset that drives white supremacy and has driven flawed city planning policy, such as urban renewal and broken windows policing.
Every year, millions are displaced from their homes by climate change. Some are forced out by sudden catastrophes like Hurricane Maria, which are becoming more frequent and severe. Others are driven away by the inexorable grind of stress and mounting costs brought on by slow-onset disasters: drought-driven food and water shortages, or recurrent flooding made worse by sea level rise. That climate-related displacement will eventually amount to one of the largest mass migrations in human history.
Environmentalists and residents are condemning a city plan to remove 124 trees along Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury for a roadway improvement project — an act some say is environmental racism. The redesign is expected to begin this year and will bring in a "more pedestrian-friendly" boulevard with bike lanes added to both sides, additional flood protections, and slower traffic, The Boston Globe reports.
Real Estate Weekly
City College and the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture announced the establishment of the Hollander Design Fellowship. The three-year fellowship was established by Hollander Design Landscape Architects to encourage and support New York City students from demographics and communities that are historically underrepresented in landscape architecture to pursue the field. The fellowship is given to selected recipients enrolled in the Spitzer School who are pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture.
As the U.S. grapples with natural disasters and racial injustice, one coalition of U.S. cities, companies and nonprofits sees a way to make an impact on both fronts: trees.
Who knew that 10 crab apple trees gone AWOL could spark nationwide outrage? But such was the case on Saturday, when first lady Melania Trump's under-wraps renovation of the White House's world-famous Rose Garden — created for President John F. Kennedy in 1962 by the philanthropist and garden designer Rachel "Bunny" Lambert Mellon — was unveiled to the press, and the ethereal, pink-flowering ornamentals were nowhere to be seen.
Green Schoolyards America
Schools across the United States are facing an uphill battle as they figure out how to navigate COVID-19 physical distancing requirements that will allow students to return to campus. There is an urgent need to reimagine PreK-12 schools in order to reopen safely and equitably. Repurposing outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms while providing fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and the health benefits associated with increased access to nature ... LEARN MORE
Landscape Architect and Specifer News
Have you won an award or designed an exceptional hardscape project in the past 5 years?
If so, Landscape Architect and Specifier News (LASN) would like to see your work! There's a good chance we might feature your project in the upcoming annual Hardscapes Issue.
Click here for more information or simply send 10-12 images along with a short description of the project, including the acreage, location, scope of work and your contact info to Amy Timar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your project is selected for publication, a member of LASN's editorial team will contact you to acquire high-res images and interview you to develop the article.
And don't worry. The whole process is painless ... You designed a great project ... We'll write a great article about that project
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New Jersey Future, in partnership with the New Jersey Builders Association, released the Developers Green Infrastructure Guide 2.0. The guide, specifically designed for the real estate sector including developers, builders, and their professional teams of engineers, landscape architects, planners, and architects, features detailed information and guidance on New Jersey's amended stormwater rules. Download the guide at developersguide.njfuture.org.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has published new stormwater rules that require the use of green infrastructure. This new approach is a paradigm shift in New Jersey stormwater management. Developers now have an objective standard that creates multiple infiltration points, mimicking how nature deals with stormwater. Download the newly updated Developers Green Infrastructure Guide 2.0 by New Jersey Future and the New Jersey Builders Association to learn how to make GI work to your benefit.
ASLA Membership is now free for students who qualify for Student, Student Affiliate, or International Student membership! This change took effect May 1, 2020.
If you are currently a Student Member, there is nothing new that you need to do to take advantage of this offer. Your membership will continue without cost until you graduate.
New to ASLA? Just fill out this short survey to join today to take advantage of great ASLA benefits that will assist you throughout your career, including:
The new Mentorship Program also launched on May 1. You can connect to this mentorship program as a student, recent graduate, or mentor.
- ASLA exclusive Mentorship Program, connecting students with professional mentors
- Free access to ASLA online learning, JSTOR and Virtual Portfolio Review
- Digital subscription to award-winning Landscape Architecture Magazine
- Membership in one of 20 Professional Practice Networks that help connect you to others who share your professional interests
- Opportunities to shape the Society's future through participation in various committees, such as the Climate Action Committee and Student Advisory Committee
We know that students are being hit particularly hard in these difficult times. At ASLA, we want to be there for students by giving them access to the resources, encouragement, and networking opportunities they need, not only right now, but throughout the life of their careers.
We hope you will join us!
New Jersey Future
Have you seen the award-winning Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit?
The Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit is perfect for community leaders who want to manage stormwater sustainably, reduce localized flooding and improve water quality.
NJDEP stormwater rule amendments now require the use of green infrastructure making this Toolkit an especially valuable resource to New Jersey cities and towns (in combination w/ the new "Developers Green Infrastructure Guide 2.0", noted above).
We have put together a list of several resources that may be helpful to our members, readers and/or all industry professionals.
This list of resources includes guides, books, reports and several e-learning tools.
Click here to view all listed resources.
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