Technological advances in both design software and data sources have opened exciting new avenues for design exploration. Technology is thoroughly entrenched as an essential tool for designers and is both a technical and cultural force impacting our profession. Landscape architects are using technology to aid communication among interdisciplinary design teams, provide opportunities for greater participatory design, and make cities smarter and safer.

We encourage proposals that demonstrate the current state of software use in the profession and the innovative integration of new technologies into site design, construction, and programming.

Topics within this track might focus on:

  • Using technology to improve communication, collaboration, and community engagement
  • Strategic planning for bringing new technology to a firm, including tools for construction administration or project management
  • Using social media to drive design and advocate for the profession
  • “Smart” systems in landscape architecture: using technology for monitoring performance data to calibrate both design and long term operations and management infrastructure
  • 3D modeling / Visualization and animation of landscapes
  • Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Digital fabrication in landscape architecture
  • Drone / unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Parametric and other algorithmic design methods