ASLA-NY Celebrates Historic Heritage Month!

September 14, 2021 /

ASLA-NY Celebrates Historic Heritage Month!

September is Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year Americans celebrate the four weeks between September 15 and October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 to coincide with the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Join ASLA-NY as we celebrate the accomplishments of our Hispanic and Latino American landscape architects. Have suggestions of items to add to our list? Email us at


In September, ASLA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month:

Cultural Diversity in Design: Uniting Communities Through Cultural Celebration
Free PDH of the Month – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) 

By encapsulating and expressing the diversity of a community’s culture, landscapes in the public realm can become places that draw neighbors together in a beautiful way. Learn methods and processes to create authentic celebrations of culture, providing uplifting experiences for everyone — all ages, all abilities, all economic groups, all cultures.

Hispanic Heritage Month National Archives Website

What started as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. Watch videos, online exhibits, read articles and online resources here:



Movies Under the Stars – NYC Parks:

Sunday, September 19, 2021: Sin Nombre
at Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
7:00 p.m.–8:40 p.m.

Friday, September 24, 2021: Hands of Stone
at Sunset Park, Brooklyn
6:50 p.m.–8:50 p.m.

More info at the NYC Parks website:

From ASLA National:

The Spectacular Nature of the Ancient Mexico

Climate Change, Landscape, Cultural and Natural Heritage – Challenges of Landscape Architecture and How IFLA Can Support These


Social Urbanism: Reframing Spatial Design – Discourses from Latin America

by María Bellalta, ASLA

This book emphasizes both the political processes and the urbanism projects that simultaneously consider socio-economic and ecological components of space, and which highlight a greater focus on social sustainability. In a context in which geography defines space and culture, and through challenges of a global magnitude, we are inextricably united in an era of environmental uncertainty, where shared experiences and values place us within a collective culture, inspiring mutual agency in service of this vision for SOCIAL URBANISM.

In August 2020, María Bellalta, ASLA, participated in a joint program with ASLA-NY, AIA New York, and AIA Long Island titled Remaking Urban Landscapes: Perspectives from Latin America


New York Latin Culture Magazine: Hispanic Heritage Month News

Check out their list of celebration activities:



Park(ing) Day 2021
(Día de calle verde)

September 17, 2021
W. 182nd Street between Amsterdam & Audubon
1:30-6:30 PM

The Green Corridor 182 PARK(ing) Day activation transforms the entire block between two school buildings to demonstrate the need for a healthier, safer and more engaging streetscape and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, landscape architects and planners. W. 182nd Street, a predominantly Latinx neighborhood, will become a green play street to promote community and environmental wellness to bring awareness of the elementary student-led initiative of a “Clean Air Green Corridor”. The event will set the stage as an Open Street model, with a pop-up park and educational / urban design related activities.

Visit the PARK(ing) Day NYC website:


NYC & Company provides resources for visitors to discover everything they need to know about what to do and see in NYC. Check out their compilation of Latin American History and Culture Sites in NYC, which includes Tito Puente Way (the stretch of East 110th Street between First and Fifth Avenues).

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