“Designing Shared Spaces”
Music City Center, Nashville
November 19 – 22, 2021
If there is anything the past year has reinforced, it is the value of our relationships, both personal and professional. With the world opening up and the industry changing at a breakneck pace, I am proud to announce that registration for the 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture is now open. This is an opportunity for our community to gather in-person to discuss what lies ahead for our industry, as we seek to design shared spaces for a post-pandemic future. I look forward seeing you in Nashville, Tennessee.
Welcome to the 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville, Tennessee
Follow Tom’s journey to Nashville!
Stop 12: Goshen, Kentucky
Christy’s Garden by Shadley Associates is a 2020 Kentucky Chapter Award Winner, located in a post-industrial brownfield district near downtown Louisville. Christy’s Garden is a beautiful, welcoming oasis and outdoor public space. It supports a dynamic year-round event calendar in conjunction with the new, abutting Paristown Hall music venue. The garden also incorporates environmental resiliency along with its main function which is to encourage diverse cultural interaction and enrichment through the arts.
Christy’s Garden has thrived as a new public park, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its programs and numerous site features include free simulcast outdoor performances, frequent free events in the outdoor pavilion, an outdoor ice-skating rink, and moveable chairs and restaurant services under a pleasant grove of large new trees. In addition to its cultural significance, Christy’s Garden is notable for its transformation from a totally impervious site into a half-acre aquifer recharge area.
Stop 12: Goshen, Kentucky
Programmatic elements that the team considered:
- Multiple outdoor wedding venues
- Overnight accommodations in the original historic home
- Private tours of the broodmare barns
- A visitors’ center, restaurant, productive gardens, greenhouse, orchard, strolling gardens
- An immersive art experience on a boardwalk along a wooded stream
- Careful consideration of vehicular and pedestrian circulation and accommodations for increased utility infrastructure requirements
Stop 11: Cincinnati, Ohio
Bridging two dynamic neighborhoods, Ziegler Park is the “backyard” of the community. Thematically, it is a blend of the landscape terracing down Liberty Hill and the vibrant street grid of the revitalizing urban core. Functionally, it is a series of outdoor rooms for a variety of outdoor recreation. With Ziegler Park’s transformation, the community now has an open space asset that reflects and supports the economic, social, and physical vitality of the neighborhood.
Stop 10: Westerville, Ohio
First, I am seeing the Westerville First Responders Park. It developed through a collaborative effort between community members representing emergency services and the design team. The park features a piece of steel bestowed from the World Trade Center and a statue honoring a local firefighter, and is a backdrop for each visitor to find meaning, solace, and remember those who respond first every day.
My second stop is the Johnston-McVay Park, a 6.7 acre-parcel that fulfills a long time need for a neighborhood park. It was conceptualized to provide a unique space which preserves the environment, excites the imagination, educates visitors, and honors past property owners. Again, the result of extensive collaboration between the design team, environmental scientists, and community members created a cohesive park with specialized thematic elements throughout.
Stop 9: Columbus, Ohio
I am visiting Columbus Commons, a 2016 Ohio Chapter Merit Award Winning Project by EDGE. Columbus Commons is a shining example of the potential of public/private partnerships as the catalytic centerpiece of a multi-million dollar reinvestment in downtown Columbus. Built upon an existing parking garage, the green roof lawn provides flexible open space for a wide variety of events. The park also includes half an acre of gardens, a grove of 26 native oaks, two restaurants, and a state-of-the-art concert pavilion.
Columbus Commons has successfully hosted over 2,000 events and 2.5 million visitors in the nine years since its completion.
Stop 8: Indianapolis, Indiana
In this video, my colleague, David Rubin, FASLA, introduces his session Ensuring Wellness in 21st Century Society: Equity and Inclusion at Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis.
Through a nationally-recognized, LEED Gold hospital case-study, learn how landscape, identity, art, and wellness attributes are interwoven to define a comprehensive, inclusive approach to community health. How do you define an environment of inclusive healing that attracts citizens whether seeking hospital services or not?
Stop 7: Carmel, Indiana
My seventh stop is in Carmel to see the Monon Boulevard & Midtown Plaza by the Indiana Chapter award winning firm Rundell Ernstberger Associates, another great example of this year’s theme Designing Shared Spaces.
Monon Boulevard & Midtown Plaza
This project is an expansion and transformation of a shared-use pathway into a multi-modal boulevard that forms an organizing framework and connective tissue for a new urban fabric of mixed use development, public spaces and amenities.
Stop 6: Chicago, Illinois
I am talking to Hana Ishiwaka, Afffiliate ASLA, about her session:
Green Schoolyards: Nature that Builds Community, Wellness, and Learning
Green schoolyards provide daily access to nature and are critical to supporting the wellness of kids and communities while providing important green space, particularly for under-invested communities. Using Chicago’s Space to Grow model, Hana’s session will highlight innovative partnerships and the benefits green schoolyards provide to schools, students, and communities.
Stop 6, near Chicago, Illinois
My second stop near Chicago is an Illinois Chapter award winning project by Lardner/ Klein Landscape Architects, P.C. After reintroducing the American Bison to its Nachusa Grasslands Preserve, the Nature Conservancy, Illinois Chapter, needed to manage the influx of new visitors. Lardner/Klein met the challenge by creating a visitor center located on a wind-swept knoll, metal roof reflecting and disappearing into the endless sky. The facility draws visitors into an interpretive rich shelter framing distant views, telling the story of the vast prairie beyond and emphasizing the significance of nature in people’s lives.
Image 1 “Site in fall” Photo Credit: Dee Hudson, Image 2. “Children playing at pump” Photo Credit: Dee Hudson, Image 3. “Site in winter – snow covered” Photo Credit: Charles Larry, Image 4. “Interpretive Visitor Use Facility” Photo Credit: Dee Hudson, Image 4. “Site in summer – yellow flowers” Photo Credit: Dee Hudson
Stop 6, near Chicago, Illinois
My third stop near Chicago is an Illinois Chapter award winning project by Mariani Landscape. The owners of this new French-inspired estate wanted a master plan that would take advantage of the property’s stunning lake views and mature oak trees.
The lake side of the home features picturesque gardens, an open lawn, hundred year old oaks and breathtaking views.
The bluff was completely restored. Dune grasses and native plants help prevent erosion of the bluff and provide habitat for wildlife and migratory birds. The bluff terrace is located strategically in the middle of the bluff to provide a seating area completely surrounded by nature and allow access to the lake.
Stop 5: Cleveland, Ohio
Behnke Landscape Architecture: East Flats River Park
The 1,200’ long public boardwalk, known as the Riverwalk, serves as the front yard to the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. Conversely, it serves as the backyard for the residents and visitors to the new Flats East Bank development. Strategically located at the mouth of the river where it flows into the lake, the “Riverwalk” offers unparalleled views of the lake, its famous river, and the historical starting point of the City of Cleveland.
Stop 4: On my way to Nashville, I decided to swing by The Andersons Corporate Headquarters in Maumee, Ohio. project was designed by The Collaborative, focusing on balancing the needs for the company’s headquarters in keeping with their desire to promote environmental health. The final result is a landscape both functional and attractive, and one that aesthetically reflects its northwest Ohio location.
I took a brief stop on my journey to Nashville and met with Ernie (Ernest) Wong, FASLA, the 2021 ASLA Community Service Award winner. “We make life better for people,” Ernie said and that “his mission is to create greenspace for urban areas and bring beauty to city living.”
You can read about Ernie’s community service here.
Stop 3: Tom visited Promenade Park, by MKSK Studios. It is an ASLA Ohio Chapter award-winning project in Toledo. A beautiful example of how one of our members project brings this year’s ASLA Conference theme “Designing Shared Spaces” to life.
Stop 2: Detroit, Michigan. Tom talked to Brian Staresnick, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP ND about his session:
Old Redford, Exploring Equity, Engagement and Empowerment in Northwest Detroit.
Friday, November 19, 2021
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM CDT
Stop 1: Check out Tom’s conversation with Kenneth J. Kokroko, ASLA. Tom talked to him in Ann Arbor, Michigan on his running journey to Nashville. Kenneth is presenting this amazing session you do not want to miss:
Storytelling Through Design: Honoring Diverse Voices
Friday, November 19, 2021, 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
ASLA Conference Education Advisory Committee
Tom Mroz, FASLA
Jeannie Martin, FASLA
The Ohio State University
Larry Mizzell, ASLA
Alisha Eley, ASLA
Duane Border, ASLA
Duane Border Design
Kevin Burke, FASLA
Susan Cohen, FASLA
Susan Cohen Landscape Architect
Nick Fobes, ASLA
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture
Gina Ford, FASLA
Agency Landscape + Planning
Kendra Hyson, ASLA
The Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission/ The Urban Studio
Elizabeth Kennedy, ASLA
Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect, PLLC
Glenn LaRue Smith, ASLA
PUSH Studio LLC
Maura Rockcastle, ASLA
TEN X TEN
Andrew Sargeant, ASLA
Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow/ The Urban Studio
Jean Senechal Biggs, ASLA
City of Beaverton, OR
Juanita Shearer-Swink, FASLA
Triangle Transit (Retired)
Steven Spears, FASLA
GroundWork Development Company
Michael Stanley, ASLA
Stanley Design Group, LLC.
David Yocca, FASLA
Green Infrastructure/Living Systems Consultant
Tennessee Host Chapter Leaders
Host Chapter Co-Chairs
Larry Mizell, ASLA
Alisha Eley, ASLA
Field Session Co-Chairs
Michael Pavin, ASLA
Tipton Fowlkes, ASLA
Public Relations Co-Chair
Michelle Ye, ASLA
Nathan Oliver, ASLA
Women in Landscape Architecture
Walk Committee Co-Chairs
Sarah Newton, ASLA
Lindsey Bradley, ASLA
ASLA/ACE Mentor Program
Legacy Project Co-Chair
Tylor Fischer, ASLA
Daniel Boutté, ASLA
Host Chapter Booth Chair
Owen Harris, ASLA