Low Maintenance Structures for Public Places

Walpole Outdoors has decades of experience working with cities and towns to create outdoor structures for the public to enjoy. From pergolas to fencing Walpole Outdoors provides structures that are not only aesthetically pleasing but low-maintenance and long-lasting so citizens can enjoy them for years and years to come.

Sea Isle City, New Jersey Boardwalk

A majestic pergola creates an outdoor room that is an open invitation to sit, relax, and interact, whether the setting is a college, senior housing location, or a public space. Walpole will work with you to deliver custom solutions that are both stylish and enduring.  We provide design expertise, structural planning, and unmatched handcrafted manufacturing in cellular PVC – an advanced material that looks like natural wood, but requires little-to-no maintenance for years.

Pergola at The Missouri Botanical Gardens

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri. It is also known informally as Shaw’s Garden for founder and philanthropist Henry Shaw. This restoration project featured a pergola top manufactured in AZEK in a wood-tone paint on existing pillars.

Pergola top manufactured in AZEK and painted to match existing pillars.

To see more of Walpole Outdoors’ beautiful and low maintenance designs, check out the full article here.

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What Would Be In YOUR Dream Landscape?

Dream Residential Landscape Features Revealed in PPN Survey

Members of the Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) were recently surveyed on a number of topics, with the questions selected by PPN leadership. Responses were varied and included many insightful comments and suggestions, which will be shared and discussed with everyone here over the next few months, and also used to spark ideas for ASLA Online Learning webinars or posts for The Field.

Residential Landscape Architecture



You just won the lottery and are now designing your dream home: name one feature you absolutely need to have outside, to make your dream home complete…  

When we presented this scenario to PPN members, dream home wishes ranged from outdoor kitchens and infinity pools with extensive views of nature to more fanciful features, including Edwardian greenhouses and imaginative gazebos (double-decker gazebos, gazebos with hot tubs, and more!). And also, great soil—not too many prospective homebuyers probably ask about soil quality, but this obviously makes a huge difference to avid gardeners. Some members had a specific dream location in mind (for example, Lake Como), but most gave us a few key amenities they’d love to add to their homes.

Check out how your dream home necessities line up with what these PPN members had to say here!
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Enzo Enea Talks Plants

Enzo Enea. Pictures: courtesy of Enzo Enea

Check out this interview with Enzo Enea, Swiss landscape designer, who opened the world’s only tree museum, in 2010, in Switzerland, and explains why he abandoned his first career for one that allows him to bring nature into everyday life.

You can read the full interview here.

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It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s SUPERBLOCK

While most cities in the world are dominated by cars, Barcelona discovered a clever way for the citizens to reclaim the streets. Check out this article to find out more about “superblocks”, a concept developed by Salvador Rueda, director of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona and how they hope to ultimately achieve:

  1. More sustainable mobility
  2. Revitalization of public spaces
  3. Promotion of biodiversity and urban green
  4. Promotion of urban social fabric and social cohesion
  5. Promoting self-sufficiency in the use of resources
  6. Integration of governance processes


Read the full article here.

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KTVU: Tech Tuesday Exclusive!


Check out this interview with Jason Jeon, a MFA grad from May 2016 who completed a collaborative thesis with the School of Game Development here at the AAU. Jason is currently producing VR presentations at VITA Planning & Landscape Architecture in San Rafael.

You can watch the interview or read the transcript here!


If you want to look into exploring collaboration possibilities with other departments, contact your advisor.

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Change in US Parking Requirements


For the last half-century, zoning codes in many American cities and suburbs — even relatively walkable, transit-heavy ones — have typically required developers to provide a certain amount of parking for each new home or business, often far more spots than are needed. The costs of building that parking get passed on to residents and customers whether or not they drive. By subsidizing parking in that way, we encourage people to drive. And surrounding every building with parking makes cities less friendly to walkers and eats up green space.

But there’s been a spate of good news on this topic in the last year. New York City recognized that people who live in low-income projects with public transit access were very unlikely to own cars. So, in its recently passed rezoning, the city eliminated parking requirements for low-income, “inclusionary” (meaning some units are affordable for low- or middle-income families), and affordable senior housing developments that are within a half-mile of mass transit.

Some cities are starting to get smarter about parking, and that’s leading to less driving.

Read more about what these cities are doing here!

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The Flying Garden


The Flying Garden was designed by architects Lapo Ruffi and Angiola Mainolfi. The garden is situated in the heart of the Tuscan town of Pistoia and was designed for the city’s children, offering them a space filled with nature and art. The lawn of the garden is dotted with old trees and colorful art pieces.


A concrete walkway acts as a border and separates the lawn from two surrounding buildings and a stretch with varied plantings. Strolling along the walkway, the visitors can enjoy constantly alternating views of the garden and its eight sculptures. The buildings were restored with the intention of providing a neutral backdrop to the garden design. They are bordered by a wooden terrace that separates them visually from the surrounding greenery.


Photos: Lapo Ruffi

Read the full article in Topos 95 – Light

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ASLA Online Learning Series – Upcoming Presentations


Are you missing the classroom this summer? Take a look at the upcoming Online Learning series, supported by the ASLA Professional Practice Network!

ghScottsdale Cycle the Arts
Thursday, July 28, 2016
1:00pm-2:30pm (Eastern)
$50 for ASLA members, $185 for non-members



kkhgThe Social Engineering of Flood Recovery
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
2:00pm-3:00pm (Eastern)
$40 for ASLA members, $160 for non-members


Register for either class here: http://www.prolibraries.com/asla/?select=webinar_register

Browse an archive of recorded presentations from ASLA’s Online Learning series and sessions from ASLA’s Annual Meetings. These instant learning opportunities offer LA CES-approved PDH at your own pace, on your schedule.

Note: Live presentations are made available as recorded presentations within 5-7 business days after the presentation.

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Lawrence Halprin’s Legacy: Levi’s Plaza

Aug 06
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Levi’s Plaza
San Francisco

Guide: Paul Scardina, FASLA 

Scardina collaborated with Halprin for nearly 30 years before entering his current position as director of planning and capital projects at the Presidio Trust. As a senior project manager with the Office of Lawrence Halprin, Scardina’s projects included the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Yosemite Falls Corridor, and Levi’s Plaza.

Levi’s Plaza was dedicated to “the employees of Levi Strauss” in 1982. The park has served as a popular lunch spot for professionals working in the area ever since. Scardina will walk participants through the landscape, noting character-defining features throughout, and he will speak to the process undertaken by the Office of Lawrence Halprin to conceive and construct the site.

From finding inspiration in the Sierras to contextualizing the park within an urban setting, nestled against the former Embarcadero freeway, Levi’s Plaza illustrates several noteworthy elements of Halprin’s legacy. Time will be set aside towards the end of the tour for a guided participant discussion.


This tour is part of a larger program intended to celebrate the life and legacy of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Learn more about the program and view other tours by returning to the event page for What’s Out There Weekend: The Public Landscapes of Lawrence Halprin.

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Santa Rosa Greenway Planning Workshop

Greenway Planning Workshop August 6


The Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Campaign is pleased to announce the City of Santa Rosa’s first public planning workshop for the Southeast Greenway property. This is an important opportunity for neighbors and all community members interested in the Greenway to have a say in the future of this property. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016
10:00 am – Noon

Montgomery High School Student Union
1250 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa

Childcare will be provided!

PlaceWorks, the City’s planning consultant, will present the workshop goals and background information on the Greenway. They will invite community members to:

Suggest ideas for how the land should be used

Discuss guiding principles that can shape the development of the Greenway

We hope that you will be able to attend!


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