Thousands of landscape architects are working virtually together to showcase the importance of landscape architecture in community life.
April is World Landscape Architecture Month. Despite the pandemic keeping millions of people indoors, landscape architects in the United States and around the globe are coming together virtually to tell their stories through the Life Grows Here campaign. “As landscape architects, we design places and experiences for life to grow and flourish. We design places that foster healing and renewal. We create settings for community gathering. We bring beauty to public spaces. When this current crisis abates, and our necessary isolation ends, the places landscape architects create will be even more important,” said Wendy Miller, FASLA, president of ASLA. “We can envision parks filled with people enjoying nature, playgrounds overrun by children, and streetscapes alive with social commerce. An incredibly rare thing called life grows in our works, and we believe Life Grows Here will serve as a reminder of what awaits us when we are able to be together again.”
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So far, WLAM2020 and the Life Grows Here campaign has generated enormous participation. Some highlights include:
- Over 1,600 posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn using hashtags #WLAM2020 and #LifeGrowsHere.
- Daily takeovers of the @NationalASLA Instagram Stories by ASLA’s Professional & Student chapters showcase every level of the profession.
- The launch of two podcasts including ASkLA, featuring an interview with the two ASLA members who helped develop the Life Grows Here campaign.
- The April Edition of Landscape Architecture Magazine is available free to everyone.
For more information on World Landscape Architecture Month and the Life Grows Here campaign, visit www.asla.org/WLAM
*Collage captions, left-to-right:
(left) ASLA 2019 Professional Honor Award in General Design. Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park Phase II. SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP. | Photo by ©Lloyd/SWA, courtesy SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI
(middle) ASLA 2019 Student Honor Award in Residential Design. Community Beyond the [Fence], University of Toronto. | Photo by Yanton
(right) ASLA 2010 Professional Honor Award in General Design, Gary Comer Youth Center Roof Garden, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects/John Ronan Architects | Photo by Scott Shigley.