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ASLANY 4CEUS+Beer – The Landscape Within: Design Construction and Maintenance of Interior Landscapes


Friday, October 13, 2023 @ 12:30 pm EDT
Friday, October 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT


Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012




Start: Friday, October 13, 2023 @ 12:30 pm EDT
End: Friday, October 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT



Join ASLANY for a panel discussing the practice of designing, installing, and maintaining landscapes inside of buildings. Our panel is comprised of Industry experts in design and technical execution. The presentation will be followed by a moderated panel discussion and an open Q & A session.

A reception at the Center for Architecture will follow.

4 LACES/HSW credits approved

Speaker List:

Taewook Cha, Supermass Studio (LaGuardia and Newark Airports)

Creating Genuine “Experience” of Nature in the Current Airport Design
This discussion will review the latest trend of emphasizing a genuine sense of place in airport design and how interior landscape plays a critical role to achieve it. 

Both LaGuradia Airport (LGA) New Terminal B and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Terminal A wanted to create genuine sense of places when they rebuilt their terminals. At LGA the experience of being in the pocket parks of New York City was used to create its two concourse parks. At EWR, broader landscape concept of representing the entire state of NJ landscape from metropolis to forests to shorelines was applied. Both airports came with their own sets of operational, budgetary, and construction challenges and adapted unique and creative ways of interior landscape to deliver the most genuine sense of place for their airports.  

Julia Gold, Siteworks (O&M of the Ford Foundation).
The Garden After Construction: Acclimation, Operations, and Maintenance at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice.
After working during construction as the Local Landscape Architect, SiteWorks signed on to work with the Ford Foundation building management team and Alpine Construction, the maintainers, on steering the garden through its acclimation and establishment process.  SiteWorks is charged with helping this team maintain to the design intent.  We’ve since seen the garden through periods of no heat and periods of too much heat, introduced pests on purpose and by accident, updated and adapted the plant palette, and collaborated with Ford and with Alpine to address new challenges we didn’t foresee.  This course will examine the connection and tension between design decisions and O+M realities.  

Andrew Engel, John Mini Landscapes (Indoor Plant Pallets and Greenwalls
Successful Indoor Landscape Design: How to Get it Right.
This session will explain the constraints inherent to indoor landscaping and outline essential design and system considerations for a successful outcome.  Case Studies Include:

Living Wall – Barclay Street, NYC
The Lowline Lab – Delancy Street, NYC
Urban Garden Room – 1 Bryant Park, NYC
Sky Atrium – Broome Street, NYC
Winter Garden – Brookfield Place, NYC

Xena Petkanas Arup
Harmonious Growth: Lighting the Garden at 550 Madison.
This session will explore the intersection of lighting for people, plants, and architecture, making the case for a holistic approach that yields an architecturally-integrated strategy. Using the public garden at 550 Madison as a case study, we’ll discuss where the lighting requirements of these elements collide and coincide, and how to craft a design that serves all three.

Darlene Montgomery, Snohetta
 I Feel Ya.
 discussion will touch on historical bearings about our desire to invite plants indoors for both immersive indoor oases and objects of ornamentation, and in so doing, question the roles of Landscape Architects as plant people, as beauty people, as systems people, and as promoters of systems-led change in projects. Various case studies will be presented with a focus on the  Ford Research and Engineering Campus, Dearborn, Michigan


Moderator: Mr. Albert Key, AFF. M. ASCE, MBA
Al Key has been involved in the green industry for 30 years as an owner of DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, LLC. Together with his partners, he is the Co-inventor of the Silva Cell ®, and together they have  received several patents for their inventions that address trees and Stormwater Management in the urban setting. He is also a former Board Member of TreesNY, an American Chestnut Foundation Bronze Sponsor and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has co-authored articles in a wide variety of periodicals like The Journal of Arboriculture and Civil Engineering News.


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