ASLA PA/DE Chapter

Harrisburg, PA, United States

4.07

(240 reviews)

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 10 a.m. CST

West Laurel Hill Cemetery Nature's Sanctuary: A Green Path to Perpetual Care

5

Presentation was well received!

Friday, June 28, 2019, 2:11 p.m. CDT

Landscape Architects Shaping Space in the Nonprofit Sector: Grounded Strategies

5

thoughtful approach.

Friday, June 28, 2019, 2:05 p.m. CDT

Feasible Futures: Innovation and Technology Will Reshape the Urban Realm

5

great topic and reference of retro-futurism.

Friday, June 28, 2019, 2:04 p.m. CDT

Agroforestry and the Built Environment: Small Landscape Interventions Mingled with Big Agroforestry Ideals

5

interesting perspective

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3:35 p.m. CDT

Pittsburgh International Airport - An Economic Market Analysis and Land Development Strategy for the Future

4

Good overview of the project, especially since I am relatively new to PGH and did not know much about this project. Was also nice that they explained their plans and how they developed it, was a good introduction to the newer tends in airport master planing and establishment of "Airopoli" or "Airport Cities". Good use of infographics, some of the tables were a little busy and some visual guidance on what you want your audience to focus on would help.

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:48 p.m. CDT

Feasible Futures: Innovation and Technology Will Reshape the Urban Realm

4

The idea of flexible ROW was an interesting idea and i like that they acknowledged that autonomous vehicles will not fix all problems and are not a silver bullet. I think this presentation is a good example of planners and Landscape architects being overly excited about autonomous vehicles and this still makes us focus on car centric environments, even if they are different car centric environments than we have now. Just my opinion.

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:47 p.m. CDT

Agroforestry and the Built Environment: Small Landscape Interventions Mingled with Big Agroforestry Ideals

4

I appreciate how many resources the speakers made available to their audience including; USDA Agriforest Website "Smart Policies for a Changing Climate" Native Plant Finder (By Zip Code) The Native 70 Plants for a Future Very nice seminar!

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:30 a.m. CDT

Working Together for Sustainable Stormwater Solutions

4

Very good overview on the types of types of green infrastructure that can be used in a variety of areas. I liked the visual aides utilized to help explain the narrative. Would have liked a little more information on how effective each strategy is when it comes to handling water overflow and cleaning pollutants.

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:21 a.m. CDT

Beer Urbanism: How Beer is Transforming Our Urban Landscapes

5

Was an interesting presentation. I enjoyed the brief history of beer, beer gardens, and how it affects the urban fabric. I like that they did several examples such as RiNO, the Bow Market, and The Lawn on the D. The examples were very different. I would have liked them to present more information on the demographic links between beer/breweries and neighborhood revitalization/gentrification/development. I feel like the hard facts and numbers were glossed over and I would have liked to learn more about the research into the connections.

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8:20 a.m. CDT

Time, Place, and the Evolving Suburb

5

Was a great discussion. As someone who worked at an urbanizing suburb this was a good review. I would recommend the speaker look into Dublin Ohio's Bridge Street District and the Bridge Park Development. It is a great example of how the city spearheaded the urbanization of the suburb's core.

Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:04 p.m. CDT

Reinvisioning the Town and Gown Experience - Diamond Street Corridor Neighborhood

3

Analysis of the site was thorough, nice that they inventoried the tree canopy and lighting foot-candles. The graphics for the SWOT were difficult to understand. The text and lifework made it hard to read. My issue with the Shared space section was taking transportation models from Europe such as the woonerf or signal-less intersections without modifying them to fit American car-culture, laws, zoning, or government regulations and standards. When utilizing international transportation models you need to either show how a similar case study operated in the states or address the many other elements that will effect the way it operates. Using an American example for a streetscape that has bike lanes and sidewalks at the same grade would have made the argument for it's inclusion in the design more powerful. (See Dublin Ohio's Bridge Park Avenue as an example) The historic preservation section seemed to be the most solid and well researched. I enjoyed the final design for the church plaza. I feel like this project was extremely academic and theoretical in nature with little regard to implementation, financial restrictions, or real-world operational scenarios. I think most of this stems from not engaging with the community which for any community development is the most important aspect of a design. I feel like the team should have chosen another location that would have allowed them to to community out-reach. I caution that if they take this before the community with zero imput it will be received as another example of the University steamrolling over the community and implementing their vision without regard to the citizens of the neighborhood. I hope my review does not come off as hostile or too critical. My background is in Urban planning and design so these are the things that I noticed from my perspective.

Friday, April 12, 2019, 6:46 p.m. CDT

Neighborhood Improvement Districts as a Planning Tool: Advantages of Utilizing NIDs with Public Improvement Projects

4

Good background information on NIDs. Im glad that their examples were diverse in size, scope, and objectives. The last speaker who talked about the Highway 19 projects had great graphics supporting his narrative.

Friday, April 12, 2019, 6:43 p.m. CDT

West Laurel Hill Cemetery Nature's Sanctuary: A Green Path to Perpetual Care

5

This was a fascinating session. I found it interesting that the cemetery had a full time arborist and that their grounds had "state champion" trees. The presentation gave a good background on the difference between green and traditional burial. The story of "Pinky's" gardening club coming and volunteering planting urns and cradle graves was very touching. It showed how a cemetery involved the community. I enjoyed the part on the ecological concession model. I found it interesting that the older growth the forest the less maintenance cost when it came to invasive species. The goat part was so cute and fun! great idea and PR for the cemetary.

Monday, December 11, 2017, 2:42 p.m. CST

Artful Rainwater Design: Creative Ways to Manage Stormwater

5

Stuart and Eliza presented hundreds of images from their book titled Artful Rainwater Design. After the session, I bought this great book!

Monday, December 11, 2017, 2:40 p.m. CST

Historic American Landscape Sites

5

The presenters illustrated how to complete the HALS Survey, about which I was not previously aware.

Monday, December 11, 2017, 2:38 p.m. CST

Geodesign: The Synergy of People, Processes, and Place

5

Kellanne Foster gave a wonderful presentation on Geodesign, and used many examples from Carl Steinitz's work.

Monday, December 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. CST

Re-examining the Design of Independence National Historic Park

5

This session provided many interesting photographs of the historic Independence National Historic Park, as well as current design details.

Monday, December 11, 2017, 2:35 p.m. CST

Leading the Way; Geodesign for Landscape Architecture

5

This session provided many interesting examples of Geodesign in Philadelphia, PA.

Monday, December 11, 2017, 2:34 p.m. CST

Repositioning the 'Burbs Through Multi-Disciplinary Design

5

Eric Goldstein gave an excellent presentation on the Village at Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA!

Monday, October 2, 2017, 12:48 p.m. CDT

Re-examining the Design of Independence National Historic Park

5

Enjoyed the presentation!

Monday, October 2, 2017, 12:47 p.m. CDT

DuPont Envirnmental Education Center Tour

5

Very interesting and educational!

Monday, October 2, 2017, 12:46 p.m. CDT

Riverfront Development Tour Urban Revitalization of Riverfront Wilmington—20 Years in the Making

5

Really great tour!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 5 p.m. CDT

Historic American Landscape Sites

5

Presented on Historic American Landscape Survey - encouraging attendees to complete a documentation for the National Park Service

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 4:57 p.m. CDT

Re-examining the Design of Independence National Historic Park

5

Very engaging speaker on Independence Mall history.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 4:56 p.m. CDT

The Magic of Children's Gardens: Inspiring Through Creative Design

5

Unique topic - public children's gardens

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 4:55 p.m. CDT

Land Stewardship, Land Conservation, and Clean Fresh Water: How Good Science Can Help

5

Unique presentation on scientific view of environmental challenges of our times - very positive angle.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 4:53 p.m. CDT

National Parks Now: National Park Stewardship for its Second Century

5

Excellent presentation on the ways that the national parks are being maintained and conserved in current times.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 4:52 p.m. CDT

History of Urban Revitalization of the Wilmington Riverfront

5

Very interesting and thorough presentation on the history of the Wilmington Riverfront

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8:29 a.m. CDT

Using Compost to Create Sustainable Landscape Sites

5

Fantastic Speaker

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