Landscape Architects are Trying Something New – Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month

Words: Bronzella Cleveland
ASLA 2014 Honor Award. Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park by Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi.
ASLA 2014 Honor Award. Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park by Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi. Photo: Wade Zimmerman

If you had to pick a favorite designed green space to photograph, which would you pick? That's the question asked by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as it launches World Landscape Architecture Month in April.

ASLA is unveiling the event — formerly National Landscape Architecture Month — in collaboration with the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). Participants will celebrate landscape architecture by engaging their communities through the #WLAM2015 social media campaign. ASLA’s chapters also will introduce the profession to schools and connect with IFLA member organizations in other countries via Skype and social media.

“We’re excited to celebrate landscape architecture on a global level,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive VP and CEO of ASLA. “We look forward to working with IFLA member organizations around the world and helping to develop the next generation of landscape architects.”

“At a time when the globe faces major challenges caused by industrialization, urbanization, climate changes, and the depletion of natural resources, World Landscape Architecture Month shines a light on our progressive profession, “ said Prof. Kathryn Moore, IFLA president. “We are pleased that international collaboration such as this will illuminate the solutions landscape architecture offers.”

Celebrate #WLAM2015 and help the campaign go viral: asla.org/wlam

How to share your photo for #WLAM2015:

  • Download the wallet-sized card that reads "Designed by a Landscape Architect" here: http://asla.org/uploadedFiles/CMS/Events/WLAMcard8.5x11.pdf
  • Take a photo of the card at your favorite park, plaza, or other landscape architect-designed green space.
  • Upload the photo to Instagram, Twitter, and other social media using the hashtag #WLAM2015.
  • Direct viewers of your photo to see how others are celebrating at asla.org/wlam.

The #WLAM2015 campaign encourages everyone who loves outdoor spaces to participate. ASLA will "retweet" and share many photos.

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