Congratulations to MFA Student Hilda Lin for her winning conceptual design for the 2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show: Startdust!

After winning 7 awards last year, we are so excited to embark on a new design challenge for next year’s show. If you are interested in being a part of the design/build team for this project, please contact Sara!


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Baylands Goals and Climate Change


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2016 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show  Concept Design Competition

It’s time to join the School of Landscape Architecture in voting for the 2016 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show design!!!! Review the designs below, Vote for your preferred design, and wait for the announcement next week as to which design will be built at the 2016 SF Flower and Garden Show!


How to vote:

Onsite students:

Review the designs posted at The Cannery, Suite 300 (by the bench outside of Room D) and cast your ballot in the box provided.

Online students: Review the designs posted below and vote for your preferred design using the site below

San Francisco Flower Garden Show – VOTE ONLINE!!




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Grandpa Allen’s Learning Garden Work Party at Richmond College Prep


 Please join us at Grandpa Allen’s Learning Garden

at the Richmond College Prep School

for a group work party, garden viewing and Potluck!

Saturday, November 14 from 10am-2pm 

 217 South 11th Street, Richmond, CA off Harbor Way


 We will be Weeding, Planting, Harvesting, and Saving Seed. Both school gardens need help and your attendance is appreciated.  

 Bring a hat, water bottle, food to share, and gloves if you have them, tools will be provided. 

Come help your children’s garden grow, meet other families and teachers, and get in touch with Richmond’s plants and animals.

POTLUCK LUNCH! Please bring something to share

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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Popular Posts from The Dirt – Fall 2015


The Dirt, ASLA’s blog, brings you the latest news on the built and natural environments. Each week, read four new posts on all the latest in landscape architecture, cities, transportation, and the environment.

Here are 10 recent popular posts:

Biomimicry Tools to Inspire Designers

A Model Green Office in Vietnam

U.S. Surgeon General: Every Community Needs to be Walkable

Silicon Valley Reinvents the Mall

Doctor’s Orders: Go to the Park

Design Thinking for a Post-industrial Century

Smartphone Apps for Landscape Architects: Useful Tools for Site Analysis and Design

Smartphone Apps for Landscape Architects: Useful Tools for Construction and Presentation

Smartphone Apps for Landscape Architects: The Apps Wishlist

An End to Forgettable Stormwater Management?

Here is what you can find in Biomimicry Tools to Inspire Designers










“Biomimicry is about learning from nature to inspire design solutions for human problems…Biomimetic design is now found in almost all industries — power generation, electronics, buildings…uncover the landscape of biomimetic innovation, with a roadmap that shows designs and their stage of development: concept, prototype, development, or in the marketplace.”

You can sign up to receive weekly email notifications of new posts or add The Dirt RSS feed to your reader. You can also follow The Dirt on Twitter or Facebook.

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School of Landscape Architecture – Lecture Series

Join The School of Landscape Architecture will be presenting back to back lectures on Tuesday October 13 and Wednesday October 14, 2015.

Tuesday  –  Terrence Lee will be talking about “Learning by working: from kiley to present

Wednesday – Shima Rabiee will be talking about “New Methods in Design Representation

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When: October 13 & 14, 2015

Where: The Cannery – Suite 302

Time: 6:30 p.m.


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The Six Things You Must Get Right To Grow A Tree

Many design issues impact the long term health of urban trees.  Join us to  hear Jim Urban, FASLA, talk about his 30 years of experience with urban trees and soils and present on the six essential elements to successfully grow an urban tree.

Jim will discuss the design and planning decision, and the biological and arboricultural basis for understanding these tree requirements and examine them in the context of typical design decisions. How do our design choices affect trees and long-term project performance? He  will also share examples of critical lessons as well as ways of achieving solutions that meet the needs of both the design team and the trees.

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James Urban, FASLA is well known for his skills in the areas of urban arboriculture and soils, including the preservation and installation of trees in the urban environment and the specification and installation of specialized planting soils for roof gardens, urban landscape plantings, rain water management and where changes in design approaches are needed to create truly sustainable landscapes. In 1997, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awarded him a National Merit Award for his work on urban trees and the following year he was made a Fellow in the ASLA in recognition of this contribution to the profession. In 2007 he was awarded the ASLA Medal of Excellence for his “significant and sustained contributions to Landscape Architecture.” He is the author of Up By Roots: Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment.


When: Thursday, October 15th

Where: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600 

Reception: 6:30 – 7:00 

Lecture: 7:00 -8:30

Cost: ASLA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students with Current I.D. Free

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Design Competition: Due October 15

Imaginations is a design competition created and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering with the purpose of seeking out and nurturing the next generation of diverse Imagineers. It opens up the opportunity for students and recent graduates to showcase their skills and talents to Imagineering through a Disney related project.


Walt Disney Imagineering is the unique, creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that dreams up, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, and regional entertainment venues worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from the dynamic global team of creative and technical professionals building on the Disney legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment through technical innovation and creativity.

Seeking Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students; or recently graduated.

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Landscape Architecture Students Take Part in Park(ing) Day 2015

Every year, since 2005 on the third Friday of September, PARK(ing) Day has made an impact on cities around the world. Global citizens, from artists to activists to landscape architects, temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The purpose of Park(ing) Day is to make the public revalue their needs of space by impacting the way they experience the urban environment.


Students in the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Student Chapter with the School of Landscape Architecture participate in the event each year, and bring design out of the classroom and into the streets of San Francisco. This year, our student group chose two parallel parking spaces outside of our studios at The Cannery along Beach Street, which is a main pedestrian route in the The Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood.


As we talked about different ideas, we saw that a big challenge was trying to work around how windy it is in San Francisco. After discussing a few ideas, it was decided that our design should take advantage of the wind. On a large scale, wind turbines are used to generate energy, and on a smaller, more personal scale, many cultures have traditions of making paper windmills by hand. This is where the windmill idea came from! We wanted to create a space where people could relax and take a moment to reflect on what is most important in their life and on the most basic things that make them happy. We wanted to provide a place where they could sit, where they could do something childish and playful.


We set up tables and chairs for people to write a wish on a piece of paper, fold it into a windmill and attach it to a tall pole standing in one of several grass planters. The idea was that when the wind blows, the moving air takes each wish to it’s own destination. From tourists, to bus drivers and a homeless man, various types of people stopped by at our park(ing) space. The response was awesome!

“A  parking officer stopped by and asked if we had a permit for what we were doing,” said LAN BFA student Katerin Luquetta. Even though we were paying the meters for the parking spots, the officer was not used to seeing them without cars taking up the space.  In the end, the officer could see that we were bringing something special to the block and, thankfully, she did not write us a ticket.Le Feng, LAN BFA Student and ASLA Member 1

Every person that stopped at our site gave us an opportunity to talk about Park(ing) Day, our concept, and the School of Landscape Architecture. Even though this is just the third week here at the AAU for many of us, it was a great opportunity to see how the role of changing the outdoor environment, even for a few hours can have such an impact.

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Pioneers of American Landscape Design®, by The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is a non-profit that helps people understand and value Landscape Architecture and its practitioners. In January 2015, the organization launched a project called the Pioneers of American Landscape Design® to bring focus to history’s greatest Landscape Architects and Designers. A wonderful feature of this project is the Oral Histories component, which identifies key designers and projects from around the world through intimate interviews with the designers themselves.


Visit the TCLF website ( to learn about the Pioneers project, as well as the other enriching programs shared among our community! The TCLF YouTube page will take you directly to the video series.

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