Principles of Sustainable Design: Panel Discussion on Landscape Performance

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Panel Discussion on Landscape Performance
February 20, 2013 9:00 am
February 20, 2013 12:00 pm
Casey Trees Headquarters
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3030 12th St NE, Washington, DC, 20017, United States

Landscape Performance Panel

This panel will have experts in the field of sustainable design share specific design features and projects they have been involved with that include considerations for maintaining a healthy urban forest.


The Landscape Performance Series: Making the Case

Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, will be presenting the innovative Landscape Performance Series, an interactive set of resources that provides tools and information to quantify benefits, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. This will be a unique opportunity to learn about these essential resources to improve practice, showcase work, and help achieve sustainability.

Lessons from Chicago: Midwestern Ethic, Building with a Swamp, and Millennium Park 

Terry Guen, FASLA, of Terry Guen Design Associates will provide an overview of how Chicago’s Millennium Park came to be, how it takes its cues from its built and ecological history, how it was planned, planted, and constructed. Over the past eight years this park has produced extraordinary economic, social, and environmental benefits for the City of Chicago. Millennium Park has come to represent a new prototype for urban parks, provoking a discussion about the value of public landscapes to City redevelopment. With this one-time public/private investment and excellence in design on a major scale, Chicago has created an internationally recognized cultural public space, which as positively influenced local and national perceptions of place, City identity.

Constitution Square: Introducing Rain Gardens to the Urban Streetscape

Alit Balk, ASLA, Senior Designer at ParkerRodriguez, Inc. will present on Constitution Square, a project which is a full city block at 1st, M and N streets, NE in the heart of NOMA, one of Washington, DC’s new and fastest growing downtown neighborhoods. ParkerRodriguez was hired by the owner/developer StonebridgeCarras as the master planner for the block to incorporate the recently established NOMA Design Guidelines into the design of the public realm – the urban streetscape. ParkerRodriguez worked with the many relevant agencies and through clever interpretation of the guidelines, designed the streetscape in artful ways to incorporate environmentally friendly features such as structural cell technologies for healthier tree soil volumes. The boldest sustainable gesture is a series of long, gently curving rain gardens inserted into the sidewalk that extend the entire block along the length of 1st Street.


Principles of Sustainable Design Series

This last class in our four-part series will have experts in the field of sustainable design share sustainable design techniques being used in the District and elsewhere that promote tree spaces that allow for large and healthy trees in urban areas.

Participants can register for each class seperately or for the entire series at a discounted price, $50 for all four classes. To receive the discounted rate register here under the Series Participant level and you will automatically be enrolled for all four sessions.

Part 1: Tree Roots in the Inner City

Part 2: SITES™ Rating System

Part 3: Soils Below Pavements


Getting There

The Metrorail station is Brookland-CUA (Red Line) which is a 10 minute walk. The Metrobus stop is near the intersection of 12th and Irving Street NE (served by the H8) or the Brookland-CUA Metro station (served by the H2, H4, H6, G8, R4 and 80). At our office, there is ample street parking and we accommodate bicycles on-site.


Barbara Deutsch, ASLA, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Terry Guen, FASLA, Principal, Terry Guen Design Associates

Alit Balk, ASLA, Senior Designer, Parker Rodriguez, Inc.

Who Should Attend?

Open to the general public for those interested in sustainable design practices that relate to the urban forest. Developers, landscape architects, engineers and students will benefit from this more advanced discussion of sustainable design.


All attendees will be provided with a light breakfast. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.

Continuing Education Credits

ISA and LACES Continuing Education Credits available.


*Scholarships are available. If interested please contact Stephanie Juchs at or 202-828-4132*