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Urban Plants and Urban Sketching: Designing Sustainable Landscape Systems

April 17, 2016 @ 6:00 am - 11:30 am

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A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MONTH PROGRAM

5.0 LA CES PDH/HSW

Free sketchbook for participants.

Urban Plants and Urban Sketching: Designing Sustainable Landscape Systems.

Presenters:

Richard Alomar, RLA, ASLA. Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture

David Seiter, RLA, ASLA. Design Director and Founding Principal of Future Green Studio

2014 Urbansketchers 2

Subjects: Environmental Processes, Sustainable Development and Design, Plants, Site Design, Visualization

Introduction

Spontaneous or wild urban plants; species that grow and thrive in adverse urban conditions, provide valuable ecological services. Their contributions to carbon sequestration, erosion control and stormwater retention, to name a few of their capabilities, have been well documented, but their role in designed urban systems is less known.

This engaged education session will introduce landscape architects and designers to spontaneous urban plants and show how they can be used as part of designed urban landscape systems. The session will include an overview of urban plant characteristics and habitats, how to document urban plants through sketching and finally how to use these plants in designed urban landscapes.

***  Listen to a podcast featuring Richard Alomar by clicking here.

Session Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal

Demonstrate the importance of spontaneous urban plants in the design of sustainable urban systems

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn to identify, use and design with spontaneous urban plants
  2. Learn urban sketching techniques to document, inventory and analyze existing conditions and develop design concepts
  3. Learn to synthesize field notes and sketches to design sustainable landscape systems

Session Schedule

10:00-11:30

Lecture: Urban Plants and Urban Sketching (at Future Green Studio)

Presenters will discuss wild urban plants and their potential in the design of resilient urban landscapes, and urban sketching as tool for documentation and visual and material data collection.

  1. Urban Plants-
    1. Wild urban plants- Background and research
    2. Plant identification and characteristics
    3. Ecological Services for Urban Landscapes
    4. Implication for resilient landscapes in New York City
  1. Urban Sketching
    1. Background and research
    2. Techniques and examples
    3. Methods of documentation
    4. Implications for design

11:00-12:30

Sketch Session (1): Field Identification.

Field Lecture, Demonstrations and Exercises (On Bay and Clinton St.).

  1. Plant identification-sketching basic structure
    1. Plant taxonomy and structure
    2. Seasonal considerations
    3. Sketching demonstration and exercise
  2. Urban Plant Habitats-sketching context
    1. Urban plant growth
    2. Architecture and landscape structures
    3. Sketching demonstration and exercise

12:30-1:00

Break (In-field Box Lunch)

1:00-2:30

Sketching Session (2): Location and Materiality.

Field Lecture, Demonstrations and Exercises (On Clinton and Smith St.).

  1. Urban Materials: Techniques for collecting textures
    1. Urban Taxonomy: Surface materials
    2. Plant attachment and support
    3. Sketching demonstration and exercise
  2. Urban Color: Techniques to capture material pigments
    1. Urban gray: City grit and color
    2. The chemistry of pigments
    3. Sketching demonstration and exercise

2:30-3:30

Design Session: Landscape Synthesis and Systems.

Group Charette (at Future Green Studio)

  1. Synthesis of collected field data (sketches)
    1. Collecting field notes and data
    2. Opportunities and Constraints
  2. Spontaneous Plant Sustainable Street Design
    1. Concept plan development and layout
    2. Agency regulations (DEP/DOT/ADA)
  3. Conclusion and closing remarks

Speaker Bios:

Richard Alomar, RLA, ASLA, CLARB

Richard teaches design and construction to undergraduate and graduate students in the department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He promotes sketching through sketch-walks, lectures, research and academic writing. His teaching extends to school children, design professionals and to the general public with sketching programs in New York City and across New Jersey.

He has an undergraduate degree in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and an MLA from Louisiana State University.

David Seiter, RLA, ASLA

David Seiter is design director and founding principal of Future Green Studio where he oversees a staff of twenty-five creative, hardworking and talented individuals. A longtime

Brooklyn resident and urban explorer, David enjoys investigating the complex ecology of our cities in order to reveal the nuances of the urban landscape in subtle, poetic ways. With keen attention to sustainability, David is continually exploring how to integrate landscape into the built environment in innovative and environmentally responsible ways.

David’s portfolio encompasses award-winning private and public-use projects – with recent high-profile commissions from institutions such as Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Children’s Museum, urban park and streetscape projects such as Journal Square Park in Jersey City, NJ and the Half Street Streetscape in Washington DC, and luxury roof gardens for celebrity clients. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architectural Digest, Dwell, The New York Times, The Robb Report, The Wall Street Journal, Urban Omnibus and The Architect’s Newspaper.

David is author of the book SUP: Weeds in NYC – a book about the overlooked ecological value of weeds in the urban landscape. Additionally he founded the website spontaneousurbanplants.org which won a 2015 National Honor Award in Research from the American Society of Landscape Architects. David has lectured widely about emergent trends in landscape architecture, and has previously taught at the graduate program for Sustainable Planning & Development at Pratt Institute.

David is an independently licensed landscape architect in New Jersey and lives in South Slope, Brooklyn with his filmmaker wife and two children.

 

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Details

Date:
April 17, 2016
Time:
6:00 am - 11:30 am
Event Categories:
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Organizer

ASLA-NY
Email:
director@aslany.org

Venue

Future Green Studio
18 Bay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231 United States
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Details

Date:
April 17, 2016
Time:
6:00 am - 11:30 am
Event Categories:
, ,

Organizer

ASLA-NY
Email:
director@aslany.org

Venue

Future Green Studio
18 Bay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231 United States
+ Google Map