Events with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy


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Fall 2015 Urban Hike: The Northern Waterfront

The School of Landscape Architecture made the most of a foggy morning and ventured out into the mist for the Third Annual Fall Urban Hike! Led by Director Heather Clendenin, the group explored San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront.

Starting from the school’s home at the historic Cannery Building, students toured a range of legendary Landscape Architecture sites and explored some of our city’s greatest Open Spaces. From Community Gardens to Interactive Installations, there was so much to see and learn with San Francisco as teacher for the day!


The School of Landscape Architecture at the Wave Organ, designed and built by Peter Richards and George Gonzalez.

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Rhinoceros – special educational pricing


Rhinoceros – special educational pricing

“Now is the time to upgrade”

Haven’t upgraded to the latest Rhino and/or add-ons? Now is the best time to do it!

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Rhino v5 Educational for Windows

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Please note Rhino Mac is not the same as Rhino for Windows

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$25 delivery fee is applicable on orders physically shipped.


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ASLA NCC Lecture Series: Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS)


On September 17th, Chris Pattillo, FASLA will talk about the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). In 2000, ASLA joined with the National Park Service and Library of Congress to create the HALS program which is modeled on HABS – the American Building Survey created in 1933. HALS is a documentation program that recognizes and records important historic landscapes, both designed and vernacular.

Since 2004 Chris has been involved with the Northern California Chapter of HALS and has served as our chapter’s liaison nationally. Chapter members prepared documentation for several California Missions as part of the 2012 HALS Challenge – a national program conceived by the California chapter. They have documented the Kaiser Roof Garden designed by Ted Osmundson, the Berkeley City Club, and just finished recording the gardens at Sunset Magazine’s Menlo Park headquarters designed by Thomas D. Church.

Chris will give a brief history of HALS and will describe two methodologies of documentation – the short form and standard format. A case study of Doyle Drive will be included to illustrate how that important historic site was documented.

This will be a visually stimulating program and very informative.

When: Thursday, September 17th
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
Register: CLICK HERE

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UC Berkeley Urban Design Lecture Series

Urban Design Lecture Series at UC Berkeley: This series explores a wide range of current topics in Urban Design.

Fridays, 1:00 – 2:00, Wurster Hall #106

Fa 15 urban design lectures

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The ASLA-NCC South Bay Lecture Series – Free For Students!


Join The ASLA Norther California Chapter for a panel discussion with three Bay Area professionals who have very different and successful careers. Jeffrey Miller, Katrina Majewski and Chip Sullivan will discuss what worked and what didn’t as they each pursued unconventional career paths and adapted to the vagaries of the economy. The discussions will end with a Q&A session where the audience can find out more about developing interesting and fulfilling careers.


Jeffrey Miller of Miller Company Landscape Architects

Jeffrey will discuss how he started his design/build firm after his career development on the East Coast and in the Bay Area, including Garrett Eckbo Associates. He will share his unique insight into balancing entrepreneurship with a strong ethical foundation that draws from the very reasons why he became a landscape architect.

Katrina Majewski of Community Design Research

Katrina worked at an IT company for 5 years during the economic recession. She will discuss how she stayed relevant in the field of landscape architecture and now continues with her career at Community Design Research in Oakland.

Chip Sullivan of UC Berkeley

Chip is an award winning artist, landscape architect and professor at UC Berkeley. He has successfully navigated his academic career, teaching at University of Florida, Harvard, and Berkeley. Chip will discuss his career successes in the art world, landscape architecture and teaching.


Moderator: Thomas Eddy, City of San Jose

When: Thursday,September 24

Where: Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 North 5th Street, San Jose

Reception: 5:30 – 6:00

Discussion: 6:00 – 7:30

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

Register: CLICK HERE


To view past lectures on the ASLA-NCC website CLICK HERE.

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Market Street Prototyping Festival Community Meeting

prototypeDate & Time: Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

YBCA and San Francisco Planning piloted the Market Street Prototyping Festival through an unprecedented arts-city partnership. This was the first iteration of what will become an annual endeavor in San Francisco, leading up to and continuing beyond the redesign of Market Street in 2018.

Each year, this process will grow in new directions and neighborhoods based on our learnings. Having tested 52 prototypes for activating Market Street through the three-day pilot festival in April 2015, we invite you into the process for selecting the 10 most successful prototypes for deeper incubation, developing them further, experimenting with duration and location, and exploring their potential for longer-term impact on public space.

Join us! Participate in the process to select the 10 most successful prototypes emerging from the pilot festival for incubation. Together, we will identify the most forward-thinking, diverse citizen-driven solutions for re-energizing Market Street.

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Presidio Parklands Project

This is a very exciting time for the field of Landscape Architecture in San Francisco as James Corner Field Operations designs 13 acres of new parkland connecting the San Francisco Bay Waterfront with the historic center of the Presidio. The Presidio Parklands Project is at a key stage in the design process, and they are keen on hearing feedback from the public. All of this action is happening steps away from our studio at The Cannery, and we encourage you to take part in the design process!

Visit the Design Lab and Schedule a Tour of the Site today! Stay tuned for announcements regarding upcoming reviews in the Presidio.

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SF Giants Game Night with ASLA Northern California Chapter

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Summer is here and 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 28th, with the Giants taking on the Milwaukee Brewers. 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.

This year we are excited to be offering a pre-game tour of the the ASLA-NCC award-winning Edible Garden at AT&T Park designed by Blasen Landscape Architecture, limited to the first 30 registrants and beginning at 4:45pm; and a pre-game tour of The Yard at Mission Rock, a pop-up shipping container village, with representatives from the Rebar/Gehl Studio design team, beginning at 5pm.

So bring family, friends and coworkers. The event is generously sponsored by Acker-Stone, Cold Spring Granite, Hunter, Landscape Forms, Miracle Playsystems, Park West, Quick Crete and Tournesol Siteworks who will be at Anchor Plaza to introduce themselves and their products before the game.

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When: Tuesday, July 28, 2015; SF Giants vs. the Milwaukee Brewers Pre-game social at Anchor Plaza beginning at 5:30pm, game at 7:15pm


To register for the Edible Garden Tour beginning at 4:45pm, CLICK HERE (limited to 30 people, ASLA members may bring one guest).

For The Yard tour, meet at the corner of 3rd Street and Terry Francois Blvd. at 5pm.

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 23rd

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


Plan from the design of the Giants Organic Garden

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GBCI Launches SITES, its Newly Acquired Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

Author: Marisa Long
Published on: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

SITES addresses global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion through sustainable landscape design and management

June 10, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes.

SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. The rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings – ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more.

“Landscapes knit together the fabric of our communities,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, GBCI. “And sustainable landscapes are critical in their ability to reduce water demand, filter and reduce storm water runoff, provide wildlife habitat, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, improve human health, and increase outdoor recreation opportunities. SITES is an important addition to our toolkit, and GBCI appreciates this opportunity to support this additional contribution to healthy, thriving communities and neighborhoods.”

“It is exciting to see years of work developing and field testing SITES culminate with the availability of this rating system,” said Fritz Steiner, FASLA, dean of the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. “The depth and breadth of approaches that were implemented by pilot projects demonstrates how valuable SITES can become for revolutionizing our relationships with built landscapes.”

“Landscape architects and members of all the related design and planning fields know that the issues addressed in SITES are increasingly important to creating livable and resilient communities,” said Nancy C. Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). “GBCI will take SITES to the next level and ensure its future growth and influence, and ASLA is pleased to provide continued education and communications support.”

“SITES is a powerful tool for enhancing built landscapes precisely because it puts ecosystem services, the benefits humans derive from functional ecosystems, front and center,” said Ari Novy, executive director of the United States Botanic Garden. “This approach will help maximize our collective ability to create sustainable and healthy communities. Making SITES available through GBCI will be a great boon for the quality and resilience of our built landscapes.”

The SITES rating system uses progressive industry standards for landscape design and incorporates additional recommendations from technical experts in the fields of soil science, botany and horticulture, hydrology, materials, and human health and well-being. Some of the credits for sustainable landscape performance have been developed in alignment with similar credits in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, the world’s most widely used green building program.

SITES, originally modeled after LEED, includes best practices in landscape architecture, ecological restoration and related fields as well as knowledge gained through peer-reviewed literature, case-study precedents and projects registered in the SITES pilot program.

“Adding SITES to GBCI’s rapidly growing list of certification systems and credentials it supports not only expands GBCI’s capabilities, but it also helps us to further our mission to enact global sustainable change,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president, GBCI.

SITES draws on the experience gained from a two-year pilot program involving more than 100 projects. Forty-six of these pilot projects have achieved certification, including landscape projects at corporate headquarters, national and city parks, academic campuses and private homes.

Interested project teams can visit for more information and to register their projects and access the SITES v2: Rating System For Sustainable Land Design and Development, a guide that provides best practices, performance benchmarks and tools for creating ecologically resilient landscapes and rewards successful projects through certification.

The Wildflower Center and ASLA will help GBCI create and implement SITES credentialing and certification offerings such as training project reviewers and will provide educational opportunities for pursuing SITES certification.



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