Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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66 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 1 6 Vibrant Cities Lab The tree outside your window, next to your apartment, in a park or on your street, is all part of the urban forest where you live, work or play. Decades of research shows that the urban forests in our backyards deliver measurable economic benefits, reduce strain on hard infrastructure and improve people's health and quality of life. Urban forests are economical and effective. The Vibrant Cities Lab, a joint project of the U.S. Forest Service, American Forests and the National Association of Regional Councils, is an evolving, free tool that provides practical case studies, research, data and a tool kit on how urban forests can help make cities and communities more sustainable (i.e. bolster stormwater management plans etc.) and healthier for all residents – big and small. The purpose of the Vibrant Cities Lab is to help policy makers, visionaries, business owners, and on-the-ground practitioners create and maintain places that people want to live, work, learn and play at. There is no cost to access the Vibrant Cities Lab website, . ASLA's New Activity Books ALSA has developed activity books focused on landscape architecture in the U.S. titled, "Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books." They give readers the chance to learn the "art and science of designing sustainable landscapes" and provide drawings and places created by landscape architects. For the drawers and doodlers interested in architecture, planning or engineering, these books provide the opportunity to explore creative projects in the related field. There are activity books for kids, teens and adults. Geared towards the 9-12 year old readers, the kids can learn about the building blocks of landscape architecture, view professional sketches, and draw and color pictures themselves. For teens and adults, readers will be able to see landscape architecture across the United States. The book allows readers to have the same benefits as the children's book, but they will also have the opportunity to problem solve for their own projects. ASLA encourages that the activity books be shared with family, friends, professionals, community members and more. You can also share your creative work by posting your drawings with #ASLAactivitybooks on Twitter.

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