Browse Maps of US National Parks in Public Domain

Over 1000 maps from hundreds of America’s national parks have been published to Matt Holly, a ranger with the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate in Colorado, launched the website during the government shutdown of 2013.  The library includes general park maps, trail maps, camping maps, nautical charts, guides to local geology and archeology, and more—all of them in the public domain!

Here are samples from the website:

Bryce Canyon regional map

Bryce Canyon Regional Map

Topographic Map of Mount Rainier

Topographic Map of Mount Rainier

Overhead of Alcatraz

Overhead Map of Alcatraz

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3 Ways to Enhance Your Professional Practice This Summer 

summerEnsure you keep pace with your peers and continue to develop a deeper understanding of the living architecture industry. Here are a few ways you can enhance your professional practice with GRHC:

1. Participate in GRP Training In-Class or Online

Green Roof Professional (GRP) training is North America’s most comprehensive source of information for professionals who design, install and maintain green roofs. Discover the tools and techniques needed to meet green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget. And, it prepares you for accreditation as a GRP.

Upcoming in-class training:

Washington, D.C.: July 14-16
New York: September 15-17
Toronto: September 29-October 1
San Francisco: November 17-19

Register Now to Secure Your Seat

Online Training:

Online GRP training provides weekly lectures, assignments and one-on-one assistance from industry experts. Online session starts July 25.

Register for 1 of 30 Discounted Seats

This program is approved for Continuing Education (Professional Development) Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, USGBC/GBCI, APLD, NALP, CNLA, BOMI, and RCI.

2. Tune into our FREE GRHC Open Forum

Each month we convene industry experts to share new insights and encourage constructive conversation. This month, join us as we review the 2015 Green Roof Industry Survey report.

The next GRHC Open Forum is Wednesday, June 29, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT.

Sign Up for the Webinar

GRPs can earn 1 CEU by participating in this webinar.

3. Watch Grey to Green 2016 Archived Recordings

The Grey to Green Conference saw over 250 industry leaders converge in Toronto, Ontario June 1st through 4th. Attendees participated in presentations that discussed advancements in the field that can be used to help mitigate climate change.

Earn 6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) from LA CES, 6 Learning Units from AIA CES, 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) CNLA and NALP, and 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from GRHC for Green Roof Professionals.

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Bay Area Halprin Gardens Rediscovered

Lawrence Halprin & Associates (LHA) rose to national prominence during the 1960s when it began taking on large-scale public projects that exhibited provocative design within the urban landscape. Examples include the adaptive re-use of former industrial complex Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco (two years before the passing of the National Historic Preservation Act), and Freeway Park in Seattle, Washington, the first public park built over a freeway. It was during this decade that LHA gained notoriety as a landscape architecture firm. Yet Lawrence Halprin started the practice in 1949. And during its early years, most of LHA’s commissions were from well-to-do, but small-scale property owners. Halprin’s office designed hundreds of residential gardens throughout the Bay Area during the 1950s.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation  (TCLF) has been researching and documenting LHA-designed landscapes that span his career. The legacy of Lawrence Halprin and his colleagues is most visible in cities, from Jerusalem to Los Angeles. And yet, in looking at work dating to Halprin’s developmental years, one can see the values and aesthetics for which Halprin is known begin to take form. Several of these early gardens will be featured in TCLF’s upcoming photographic exhibition on Lawrence Halprin. They are currently being photographed by professional landscape and architectural photographers, and the exhibition will debut at the National Building Museum in November 2016, before traveling across the country. The survey and documentation of these early gardens is key to understanding Halprin’s long career as a landscape architect.


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The Gould Garden, Berkeley, California:

In 1955, LHA was commissioned to design a garden in the Berkeley Hills for Gordon and Nancy Gould. The main house is located just off a curving road, and the rear yard slopes down to the south. A concrete terrace featuring a cabana, an L-shaped pool with fountain, and a sculptural retaining wall is located at the rear of the parcel. The original house was destroyed by fire in 1991, but the hardscape associated with the garden and cabana survived.

The topography of the site provides for expansive views of the San Francisco Bay. Perhaps taking a cue from lessons learned at the Donnell Garden in Sonoma County during Halprin’s tenure with Thomas D. Church & Associates, LHA designed the Gould Garden to capture views from the residence and the garden. Modernist influences are evident in the clean lines of the cabana and other site furnishings. But it is the fountain and the sculpture wall details where Halprin’s influence is most evident. Halprin intended for the oblong concrete fountain to provide a point of contrast to the soft vegetation and views that defined the site. The sculpture wall is an element Halprin repeated during later commissions, including Capitol Towers in Sacramento and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The wall is composed of cast concrete panels and features an abstract bas-relief. It was likely designed in collaboration with contemporary sculptor Jacques Overhoff.

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The Lyman Garden, San Francisco, California:

In 1956, LHA was commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Lyman to design a garden in San Francisco’s Marina neighborhood. The property is fronted by a one-story façade featuring a garage door. Yet, in moving beyond the primary façade, one enters a fully integrated home and garden. The site slopes down to the north, providing views of the Golden Gate from both the house and garden.

Halprin and his colleagues designed two partially enclosed patios within the garden. The patios feature brick pavers in a basket-weave pattern and built-in wood furniture, plant beds, and decking. The vegetation includes Japanese maples, magnolias, camellias, and azaleas. Brick or tile paths connect the patios and eventually lead towards a low bank of ground vegetation at the rear of the property. Halprin’s influence is clear in the interconnectedness of the site, illustrated by the use of outdoor “rooms” and paths to create a meandering garden within a relatively small urban lot, a technique he later expanded on at the Open Space Sequence in Portland, Oregon, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Source: The Cultural Landscape Foundation;

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July 7 Public Lecture: Le Corbusier’s Villa Shodhan


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AAU Career Seminar

Wondering about Job and Internships?

Your Career, Our Advice!


Friday June 24th – 79 New Montgomery Street Theater


  • 9:00 am – 10:00 amOur Top Tips for Career Success: How to ace your job and internship applications and connect with opportunity.
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 amPerfect Your Pitch: Your dream company or favorite gallery asks you about your work. What do you say?  We’ve got the answer!


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ASLA-NCC 2016 SF Giants Night

gameSummer is here and it’s an even year, so it’s time to cheer on the San Francisco Giants as they aim for another World Series crown! ASLA-NCC’s Giants Night is Tuesday July 26th, with the Giants taking on the Cincinnati Reds. This popular event is a Chapter tradition with plenty of fun and socializing, so get your tickets now.

Whether you love baseball or are just looking for a fun outing with your family, friends, and landscape architectural colleagues, ASLA-NCC’s Giants Night is a perfect event and a great deal! Your ticket includes a pregame celebration at AT&T Park, with classic ballpark food and drinks at Anchor Plaza, which overlooks the field, the city and the bay, and is reserved just for our group. The night is yours with seats all in one section (Section 325) making it easy to talk among friends and family.

So bring family, friends and coworkers. The event is generously sponsored by Acker-Stone, Belgard, Cold Spring Granite, Forms+Surfaces, Hunter FX, Landscape Forms, Park West, Rainbird and Tournesol who will be at Anchor Plaza to introduce themselves and their products before the game.
When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016; SF Giants vs. the Cincinnati Reds
Pre-game social at Anchor Plaza beginning at 5:30pm, game at 7:15pm


Tickets (includes beverages and food):

$25 – ASLA Members

$35 – guests and non-members

$20 – Landscape Architecture students with current college student ID
CLICK HERE  to purchase tickets by July 20th

Tickets will be held at Will Call under the purchaser’s last name.

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Green Roof & Wall Conference

UDC Rooftop

Rising to the Stormwater Challenge
Washington, D.C. | November 1-4, 2016

Register here by Thursday, June 30th, and save $60 on a Delegate Pass!

CitiesAlive is the exclusive conference for the green roof and wall industry in North America. Join green roof and wall professionals, suppliers and industry experts as they present the advancements in research, design and policy making. Hone your green infrastructure expertise and learn from the best in the industry.

New this year:

  • Stormwater Technical Workshop:CitiesAlive is hosting the first-ever Stormwater Technical Workshop. This full-day workshop covers the functions of different green roof layers in managing stormwater, existing standards, a review of current regulations, cost-benefit information and more.
  • Additional programming: Join us for exclusive tours including CityCentreDC, and US Tax Court Plaza, and more!
  • Opening plenary & keynote: George Hawkins, Esq, CEO & GM, DC Water, kicks off CitiesAlive with an exclusive discussion around DC Water’s green infrastructure plans for stormwater management.

Special events:

  • Capitol View at 400: On November 2nd, exchange ideas, meet thought-leaders and enjoy Washington, D.C. from this exquisite venue. Tickets will sell out fast, so register for this event when registering for CitiesAlive.
  • Awards of Excellence: Join award-winning colleagues by entering your project in this year’s Awards of Excellence – entries are due by July 1st.
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LAN Faculty in Marin MOCA National Summer Exhibition

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If you find yourself on Rte. 101 heading through east Marin in the next few weeks, consider stopping at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art to see the Summer National Exhibition, with works selected by gallerist Brian Gross. LAN Faculty Mary Burger will be showing her piece Pattern Language: Cargo Storm.

The show opens this Saturday June 11 with a reception from 5 to 7. Marin MOCA is just off the freeway at the re-purposed Hamilton Airfield.


Summer National Exhibition

Sat. June 11 – Sun. July 17


Museum Hours

Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 4pm

Saturday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm


Marin MOCA, Hamilton Field

500 Palm Drive

Novato, California 94949

Ph. 415 506 0137



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Master Design Series: Burle Marx Film Screening


GLS Principal Gary Strang joins discussion panel on The Landscape Architecture of Roberto Burle Marx / From Copacabana Promenade to Brasilia, Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) is the father of landscape architecture in Brazil. Combining lyrical artistry with great knowledge of native plants and profound humanitarian purpose, he breathed new life into the urban environment, completing some 1,700 projects that made him beloved at home and recognized abroad. Filmmaker Zara Muren visited him in the 1980s, and her documentary features interviews with him and illuminates the poetry and meaning that he brings to diverse settings, concluding at his own home, garden and nursery. Following the screening, Muren will be joined by landscape architects Bonnie Fisher, principal of ROMA Design Group, and Gary Strang, principal of GLS Landscape | Architecture.


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2016 Spring Show is Almost Here!!!



Academy of Art University welcomes you to attend its annual Spring Show and Student Showcase to experience the work of our best emerging talent in all areas of art and design.


Opening Night: Monday May 23rd

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Getting to the Show

Complimentary shuttles – pick up at 180 New Montgomery Street at Howard Street
Shuttles will loop every 15 minutes between Spring Show and 180 New Montgomery Street
Shuttles begin at 6:30 PM

The nearest parking garage to shuttle pick up is: 5th & Mission Parking Garage

Arrival via Taxi, Uber or Lyft – the event the venue address is:

2225 Jerrold Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(click to view map and directions)


Ongoing Student Showcase: May 24th — Ongoing

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed Sundays & Holidays

Complimentary shuttles – pick up at 180 New Montgomery Street at Howard Street
Shuttles will loop every hour between the Student Showcase and 180 New Montgomery
Shuttles begin at 9:35 AM

The nearest parking garage to shuttle pick up is: 5th & Mission Parking Garage

Arrival via Taxi, Uber or Lyft – the event the venue address is:

2225 Jerrold Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(click to view map and directions)

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