Friday, September 14, 2012

ASLA launches guide to D.C. landscape architecture

Do you live near or are you planning a trip to Washington, D.C.? If you're a fan of landscape architecture, you'll be pleased to hear the American Society of Landscape Architects has created the "Landscape Architect's Guide to Washington, D.C."

The tidal basin

This online, mobile-friendly guide helps visitors and locals discover more than 75 historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va. Sites include:

Tidal basin (pictured)
Freedom Plaza 
The Mall 
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden 
The Exorcist Steps in Georgetown
Pentagon Memorial
ASLA Green Roof
Arlington Cemetery
 ...and many more


The guide is divided into 16 distinct tours in all four quadrants of the District—as well as a tour of the new D.C. bicycle network. Each tour covers multiple neighborhoods, and includes a printable walking or biking map. 

The guide was created by ASLA in partnership with 20 nationally recognized landscape architects, all of whom are designers of the public realm and leaders in sustainable design. The guides were asked to explain the sites from a landscape architect’s point of view and show how the design of these sites influences how people interact with or even feel about these places.

I can't wait until next year's Renewal & Remembrance event. I just might have to tack on an extra day to my trip and visit some of these sites. --Marisa Palmieri


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