ASLA 2007 Annual Conference: Designing with Nature: the Art of Balance

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2007 Annual Meeting and EXPO takes place from October 6-9, 2007 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Featuring Former Vice President Al Gore, Honorary ASLA, as the closing general session speaker, visitors can explore hundreds of innovative products and technologies for gardens, playgrounds, green roofs, and more. Learn from the worlds leaders who meld the built and natural environments.

Landscape architecture is the art of balancesustaining nature through design. The conference reflects this and casts a wide netproviding practical insights and thought-provoking sessions on a broad range of topics to help create sustainable environmentsfor the most ambitious education program to date. From trends in residential design such as outdoor kitchens, the latest in digital technology, and disaster preparedness and mitigation to best practices for small firms, building sustainable sites, green roofs and morethis year’s program will nourish your creativity, delight your aesthetic senses, and sharpen your problem-solving skills. The goal is inspire and prepare landscape architects for greater stewardship, leadership, and promotion of the profession.

Back by popular demand, one of the meeting’s most popular featuresInside the LA Studio sessionshas been expanded with many of the most highly decorated firms participating this year. A Mayor’s Roundtable session will bring participants face-to-face with some of Americas most innovative civic leaders to discuss today’s most critical urban issuescommunity design, water management, public transportation, walkability, smart growth, and parks/open spaceas identified by ASLA members in a recent survey. In addition, a panel of leading journalists from the most prestigious newspapers in America will share their perspective on topics of interest to the profession.

Field sessions will take participants out and about the city by the bay to tour the historic Golden Gate Park, Treasure Island, Octavia Boulevard’s transformation from freeway viaduct to elegant surface roadway, key projects from the Waterfront to Mission Bay, and some of San Francisco’s most innovative sustainable sites.

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